Trump Administration’s New Plan Threatens Environment for Years to Come
On Wednesday, the Trump administration finalized its proposal to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP).
The CPP is the first climate policy to set federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants by establishing carbon reductions for each state and encouraging nationwide transition to clean energy sources.
Under the leadership of the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, a regulation that requires a carbon reduction far less than what experts have forecasted is necessary to reduce the devastating effects of climate change.
Senate Democrats know that the new Trump administration rule is neither affordable nor clean, and meant to rob the American people of public health and climate benefits.
In 2015, the Obama Administration offered a historically ambitious climate standard with the Clean Power Plan. The Trump administration’s new plan would deny climate science and wind back the clock by failing to set necessary carbon emission standards to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
In fact, combined climate actions under the Trump administration will likely result in an estimated 200 million metrics of carbon into the atmosphere by 2025.
Not only is the Trump administration rule a public health disaster, it is a direct threat to the U.S. economy. Since 2015, at least 3.3 million Americans work in the clean energy sector. Data from the Fourth National Climate Assessment found that every major economic sector could see hundreds of billions of dollars of losses every year if climate change is not combatted.
Under the Trump administration, this public health and economic crisis is being ignored and passed along for future generations to deal with.
Americans have already seen the significant effects of climate change through devastating wildfires, severe flooding, and category five hurricanes. It’s time to stop the deadly progression of climate change and save the planet for generations to come.
The future of America lies in a clean energy economy. We must reject the Trump administration energy rule and work towards a clean energy economy promoting public health and safety for all.