FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 10, 2017
Despite Reversal of Clean Power Plan, State Legislators Stand United
to Fight Climate Change
State Legislators Are More Committed Than Ever To Push Clean Energy Forward
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 10, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule withdrawing the Clean Power Plan. This is the first step in an effort to repeal the rule which was enacted under the Obama Administration. The Clean Power Plan is the Nation’s first regulation that targets the amount of carbon dioxide pollution emitted from power plants. Power plants are the largest emitter of carbon dioxide, one of the leading contributors to climate change.
“This decision to reverse course on federal climate policy will not stop the states from doing what needs to be done,” said NCEL President and North Carolina State Representative Pricey Harrison. “Even with inaction from Washington D.C., state legislators from both parties are working with their mayors and governors to reduce carbon pollution, and show the world that the United States will remain a global leader in fighting climate change.”
Earlier this year, over 550 state legislators signed a statement in support of climate action. This statement came in response to the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. These legislators came together to declare that they will continue growing the clean energy economy and America’s leadership role in fighting climate change. This statement along with actions states have taken in response can be found at: statelegislatorsunitedforclimateaction.com
“There is a momentum within the states to address climate change and reduce carbon pollution now more than ever,” said NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk. “States will continue to drive the clean energy economy because they understand that clean energy is good for jobs and their constituents health.”
Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally-committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.