Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement following the announcement by the Trump Administration that the Environmental Protection Agency will replace the Clean Power Plan--instituted during the Obama Administration to curtail emissions from power plants--with a significantly weaker regulations:
"This is only the latest salvo in the Trump Administration's all-out attack on the environment, putting petroleum and fossil fuel special interests ahead of the health and welfare of the public. Gutting the Clean Power Plan is an outrageous attack on public health, a sizable step backward in protecting our environment, and will result in further accelerating climate change.
- It will allow vastly more pollutants and green-house gasses to be released than the Obama Administration’s plans.
- It deepens our reliance on dirty and inefficient coal power plants and will weaken the vital effort to transition to cleaner, more sustainable renewables.
- It will increase pollution-related deaths. Even the Trump administration’s own data admits that increases in sulfur dioxide and other dangerous pollutants allowed by new regulations such as these could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths in the next decade.
- It will worsen climate change - a problem we have already delayed action on for far too long.
We can’t afford to wait. We’re already seeing record droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes -- all exacerbated by climate change. Without major investment to slash greenhouse gas emissions, we’re gambling recklessly with the future of the entire planet.
I will work with my colleagues in the House to block this new plan--to fight it every step of the way from the courthouse to the steps of Congress. The stakes are simply too high to do any less. We can promote affordable and reliable power, while meeting our climate goal by modernizing our power generation systems. this should be our goal as a nation. The era of dirty fuel must end."