WASHINGTON – The Trump Environmental Protection Agency today proposed a rule giving polluters free rein by gutting the Clean Power Plan, the landmark climate initiative that set the first limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
The following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“The world’s on fire and the Trump administration wants to make it worse. This Dirty Power Plan is riddled with gimmicks and giveaways. It would mean more climate-changing pollution from power plants. That’s a recipe for climate disaster, and we’ll fight this dangerous retreat with every tool available.
“What America needs instead is an even stronger Clean Power Plan, one that will further accelerate the nation’s shift to clean energy—that’s how to truly protect public health, our children and future generations.”
For more: see this blog by David Doniger, senior strategic director in NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy program on the proposal’s shortcomings and the history of carbon pollution law: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/david-doniger/trump-epas-dirty-power-plan-coming-soon
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