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President Obama stops futile polluter attacks on Clean Power Plan

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WASHINGTON - President Obama vetoed two Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions this weekend that aimed at nullifying the Clean Power Plan, the landmark public health and environmental policy to cut carbon pollution from power plants. A CRA resolution is a controversial legislative tool that allows Congress to nullify a final administrative rulemaking.

According to the Government Accountability Office, lawmakers have only struck down one rule under the Congressional Review Act in 43 attempts and this tactic has been called extreme by both sides of the aisle.

In response, Liz Perera, Sierra Club’s Director of Climate Policy, issued the following statement:

“We applaud President Obama for sending a clear message that he is committed to addressing the ‘profound threat’ of climate change and protecting millions of Americans from the public health risks of unabated carbon pollution.

“These CRA resolutions were a futile political ploy to try and derail the historic global climate agreement while it was being negotiated in Paris and accomplished nothing except making Congressional Republicans look completely out of step with the rest of the world.   

“With the President’s leadership, we will continue to push back against polluter ploys like these that threaten public health, our environment, and future generations.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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