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Senator Ayotte’s Support for Clean Power Plan Should Inspire Republicans

WASHINGTON - Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced her support for the Clean Power Plan yesterday evening, making her the first Republican Senator to support the landmark policy to curb carbon pollution from power plants, protect vulnerable communities, and galvanize America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

In response, Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club Legislative Director, released the following statement: 

“Senator Ayotte’s decision to support the Clean Power Plan should inspire her fellow Republicans in the Senate to stop ignoring the climate crisis and proactively work with the Obama Administration to protect their constituents from the very real dangers of carbon pollution.”

“The Clean Power Plan will help our country move toward a new era of clean, affordable energy that protects the health of our communities, grows our economy, and signals to the rest of the world that the U.S. is serious about combating the climate crisis ahead of the Paris Conference.

“Doctors, scientists, faith leaders, and the majority of the American people have all called for strong, bipartisan action to tackle the challenge of climate disruption. Now it’s time for Senate Republicans to follow Senator Ayotte’s lead and answer that call." 


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