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October 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan:

“By repealing federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, Administrator Pruitt and the Trump Administration are doing the bidding of big polluters at the expense of Nevadans who want clean air,” said Rosen. “This shortsighted political decision to rescind the Clean Power Plan will increase carbon pollution, worsen the effects of climate change, and slow down our transition to a clean energy economy. It’s deeply disappointing that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency continues to reject science and ignore the detrimental risks that carbon pollution poses for our environment, our health, and our economy.”

BACKGROUND: The Clean Power Plan is the first and only federal limit on carbon pollution from existing power plants. It was developed under the Clean Air Act, a law that requires the EPA to reduce air pollution. The Clean Power Plan’s implementation is projected to prevent 90,000 asthma attacks, 300,000 missed work and school days, and 3,600 premature deaths annually by 2030. Cutting carbon pollution from power plants is also one of the best available tools to combat climate change. Governor Sandoval stated in 2016 that Nevada was already on the road to compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

In August, Congresswoman Rosen joined Congressman Keith Ellison in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to approve and publish the Climate Science Special Report, compiled by scientists at more than a dozen federal agencies, which concludes that the effects of climate change are currently being felt by Americans. View text of the letter here.