The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled details of a landmark proposal to curb carbon emissions from existing power plants.

The following is a statement from Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Martin Tull:

“The Green Sports Alliance applauds President Obama’s action to put the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants through the Clean Air Act.

We appreciate his leadership on this critical issue. The health of the sports industry depends on a stable climate, and all the major sports leagues understand and recognize the risks that escalating climate change pose toward their future.

Moreover, this action is good for our economy, and a strong economy is also good for the sports industry. Today’s action is estimated to save American households and businesses $37.4 billion on their electric bills in 2020 while creating more than 274,000 jobs. And, it will do so while slashing carbon pollution by 531 million tons per year, nearly 25 percent by 2020 from 2012 levels.

All sports venues will benefit from this action, and over the past few years members of the Green Sports Alliance have demonstrated that adopting smart environmental strategies is good for people, the environment and business.

Many teams have made a commitment to mitigate their carbon emissions and reduce their overall carbon footprint by choosing clean and renewable energy sources, increasing energy efficiencies and integrating sustainable transportation initiatives at their venues. Through these actions, and the action taken by the U.S. EPA today, Green Sports Alliance member teams and venues are helping move the sports industry, and this country, towards a better, more prosperous future.”