SEEC Leaders Oppose Trump Clean Power Plan Replacement that Puts Public Health and Safety at Risk

Aug 21, 2018 Issues: Climate Change, Energy, Environment

Washington D.C. – Today SEEC Leadership, including Co-Chairs Reps. Paul Tonko, Gerry Connolly, and Doris Matsui and Vice-Chairs Reps. Matt Cartwright, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, Chellie Pingree and Jared Polis released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with weaker standards for reducing carbon pollution from power plants.

“While Americans across the country battle devastating wildfires, floods, and heatwaves, the Trump Administration is releasing a power plan that does almost nothing to protect them from the climate-warming impacts of carbon pollution. President Trump and his Administration continue to put the heavy cost of climate change on homeowners, local businesses, and taxpayers.

“Not only is this plan expected to produce little to no climate benefits, it’s also projected to increase premature deaths and health problems because of increased exposure to dangerous air pollutants. This is exactly the kind of plan that SEEC warned against earlier this year.

“The members of SEEC know that our federal government can and should lead on climate change, and we know we can do so in ways that create jobs and increase prosperity for Americans across the country. We will continue to fight for polices that build a cleaner economy and a safer planet for all.”