88 Groups Join Together to Oppose Congressional Interference with EPA Carbon Limits

Today, a diverse array of public interest groups including leading conservation, consumer, Latino, health, parents, scientific and environmental organizations sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to reject a proposal from Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), saying it would give polluters free rein to keep dumping unlimited amounts of dangerous carbon pollution into our air:

This dangerous legislation undermines climate action by allowing states simply to 'opt out' of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP), which sets the first national standards limiting carbon pollution from power plants...We urge you to oppose this latest attack on our health, the Clean Air Act and efforts to reduce harmful carbon pollution.

The letter is signed by, among others, Moms Clean Air Force, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action, Environment America, the Environmental Defense Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

More on the letter here.

The letter was sent to coincide with a planned mark-up of Whitfield's bill in committee today (in fact, as I wrote this, the bill passed out of commitee), as well as a Senate Interior Appropriations committee during which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will face off over the carbon standards (happening as I post this.)

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