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Pallone on Trump Rollback of Clean Power Plan

August 21, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after President Trump announced his replacement program for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan:

“As expected, the Trump Administration has replaced the Clean Power Plan with a Coal Protection Plan that fails to safeguard our families and communities from harmful carbon pollution. Once again, this Administration is choosing polluters’ profits over public health and safety.

“The wildfires, droughts, flash floods and more frequent coastal flooding we are experiencing again this year are all consistent with climate change. Yet, the Trump Administration continues to deny the problem, and doubles down on policies that will increase climate-damaging emissions.

“This is just another in a long line of Trump Administration subsidies designed to keep old, dirty, inefficient generators operating well past their design life. These fossil fuel plants should have been modernized years ago.

“The Trump Dirty Power Scam will not lower electric bills, create jobs, or revive the coal industry, but will instead stifle innovation in clean energy, harm human health, and push the planet toward further dangerous warming. This is a dangerous proposal, and I will do everything I can to fight it.”