STATEMENT: Scrapping the Clean Power Plan is Irresponsible and Dangerous

October 11, 2017

Global Progressive Hub released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s plan to abandon the Clean Power Plan:

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan is a continuation of the Trump administration’s dangerous and callous disregard for science and the security and future of this planet.

Removing federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants during the immediate aftermath of the devastating hurricanes and extreme weather events is a shameful action that continues to prioritize polluters and profits over people, science, economics, and common sense. Climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather, which costs taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in recovery efforts alone. Just as communities are just starting to recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this administration is prioritizing actions that willfully ignore the crippling effects of climate change.

The costs will only worsen as climate change effects intensify. We have an obligation to protect frontline communities most affected. We cannot continue to prioritize short-term fossil fuel gains over the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities.

Even the  U.S. military has classified climate change as a “threat multiplier” and stated it “poses a significant risk to US national security and international security” that requires more attention from the U.S. government. Already, we are beginning to see the intensifying effects climate change has had on conflicts across the globe, from the Syrian refugee crisis to the famine in Yemen. Moving forward with the Clean Power Plan and acting on climate is a key part to protecting the most vulnerable communities as well as the future of the planet.

America needs to continue to move forward to act on climate and encourage the clean energy industry transition already underway. Clean energy jobs have seen incredible growth in recent years, with solar and wind jobs increasing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. People, businesses, cities, states, and the rest of the world are moving forward with clean energy solutions that reduce air and carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy. They understand the economic, environmental, and health benefits of clean energy and the growing threats climate change and dirty energy sources pose to the world. It’s time Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration joins them. Instead of investing in polluters, the U.S. government must invest in its people and a clean future in order to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.