For Immediate Release
Trump's "Smog and Mirrors" Power Plan
Boston, Mass. - Today, the Trump administration released its rewrite of the Clean Power Plan, following the administration’s repeal in October 2017. It was recently revealed that former fossil fuel industry lawyer, William L. Wehrum was at the center of the administration’s overhaul of the plan.
Please see Corporate Accountability Executive Director Patti Lynn’s statement below:
“This so-called Affordable Clean Energy plan takes the ‘clean’ out of ‘Clean Power Plan.’ In fact, the plan is such a handout to the coal industry that it’d be more accurate to call it the ‘Coal Power Plan.’ It will weaken air pollution rules, roll back coal-power plant regulations, is projected to release 12 times the CO2 emissions than the Obama-era Clean Power Plan in the next decade alone and lead to as many as 1,400 more deaths annually.
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This should come as no surprise considering that at the center of the plan is William L. Wehrum. Wehrum is a former fossil fuel industry lawyer, who was employed as recently as a year ago to oppose this very plan on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. It’s the latest case of the fossil fuel industry running the show in Trump’s Washington.
The damage of this industry obstruction won’t end in the U.S. -- this proposal constitutes a complete abandonment of the U.S.’s commitments to the Paris Agreement and global climate action. With a lame duck seat in global climate talks, the U.S. will continue to undermine progress on behalf of Big Polluters while bringing absolutely nothing to the table.
But, people, institutions and state governments won’t let such a proposal go unanswered. It will be challenged at every turn -- in the courts, in the streets and at the polls. And around the world, governments must take this as an opportunity to build on the momentum to advance real people- and planet-centered climate policy and finally take action to kick Trump’s Big Polluter friends out of climate policy for good.”
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