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Coalition of state and local agencies will sue if Trump administration replaces plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants

PollutionThe Trump administration proposed Tuesday to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first limit on climate change emissions from existing fossil-fuel 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.

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Tom Sightings

We're already behind the climate change curve. We need more regulation, not less, and (dare I say it) more taxes on fossil fuels to discourage consumption.

Rita

Hi Tom,

You are so right. I'm sitting inside in the Seattle area because we have bad air quality from all the forest fires, both in British Columbia and our state. It's so frustrating because action needs to be taken and the Trump administration is trying to stop one of the first efforts the federal government has taken to curb emissions from fossil fuels in power plants.

I'm getting ready to write about the Manafort guilty conviction and the Cohen plea. Hopefully, this is a turning point in this terrible Trump saga.

Rita

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