Coalition of state and local agencies will sue if Trump administration replaces plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
The plan is the result of efforts by states and cities, in cooperation with the federal government, to require cuts in the emissions of climate change pollution from fossil fuel-burning power plants under the Clean Air Act. The plan, along with a rule for new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, would control emissions by setting limits on the amount of climate change pollution that power plants can emit. The plan would eliminate as much climate change pollution as is emitted by more than 160 million cars a year – or 70 percent of the nation’s passenger cars.
“As we face another record-breaking year of punishing heat and violent storms, the Trump administration is seeking to gut crucial limits on emissions of climate change pollution from power plants – one of its largest sources,” said New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood. “Climate change is real, no matter how much this administration tries to deny it.”
The country needs strong, immediate action to drastically cut climate change pollution and promote affordable, clean, and sustainable energy — not foot-dragging and backtracking that seeks to prop up dirty, expensive power plants, Underwood said.
“If the Trump administration’s proposal to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is adopted, we will work with our state and local partners to file suit to block it,” she said.
New York is leading the Clean Power Plan coalition that includes California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawaii; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; the District of Columbia; New York City; Broward County, Florida; Boulder, Colorado; Chicago; Philadelphia; and South Miami. The states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania and the City of Los Angeles also joined in comments the coalition filed in April opposing repeal of the plan.