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Scott Pruitt Takes First Steps to Replace Life-Saving Clean Power Plan with "Do Nothing" Alternative

WASHINGTON - Today, according to several reports, Scott Pruitt’s EPA announced the first step in his efforts to replace the Clean Power Plan with a polluter-friendly alternative, throwing out a plan that would prevent 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks every year by 2030.

In response, Sierra Club Chief Climate Counsel Joanne Spalding released the following statement:

"The Clean Power Plan is an affordable, flexible solution to cut carbon pollution and save lives, but Scott Pruitt wants to appease the coal industry by replacing it with a weaker, polluter-approved alternative. The Clean Power Plan is supported by large majorities of the American public and stands on solid legal footing. If we’ve learned anything from the devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017, it’s that the Clean Power Plan should be made stronger to address the climate crisis – not repealed or weakened to prop up failing polluters.  This is another step to do away with these vital safeguards, but it is far from a concrete proposal, and we fully intend to fight any dangerous step backward with every tool we have."


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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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