Your power needed: Save the Clean Power Plan!
The Trump administration is trying to trash the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s electricity sector 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels — one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States to combat climate change.1
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a hearing in November on the Clean Power Plan in the heart of coal country. And as it turns out, even in coal country, regulating carbon emissions is popular. In fact, during the course of the two-day hearing, of the over 250 people who spoke, only about 30 people spoke in favor of a repeal.2
One of those people in favor of the Clean Power Plan was a 72-year-old coal miner who has mined hills of Kentucky for four decades. He spoke about how emissions from coal power plants have affected his health.
“Our health, environment and global climate are actively being destroyed,” he told EPA officials. “For the sake of my grandchildren and yours, I call on you to strengthen, not repeal, the Clean Power Plan.” 3
How You Can Help save the Clean Power Plan
Trashing the Clean Power Plan could allow fossil fuel companies to dump more pollution into our air and would have devastating impacts for our health, wildlife and our entire planet.
We need stronger climate action, not cuts to existing protections. Tell the EPA: Don’t destroy the Clean Power Plan!
1. Coral Davenport, Jonathan Ellis, Lisa Friedman, Brad Plumer and Tatiana Schlossberg, “What Is the Clean Power Plan, and How Can Trump Repeal It?,” The New York Times, October 10, 2017.
2. Brady Dennis, “In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate,” The Washington Post, November 28, 2017.
3. Brady Dennis, “In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate,” The Washington Post, November 28, 2017.