The Trump Administration Decides to Give Up on Human Health and the Environment, Proposes to Cancel Landmark Action on Climate

Monday, October 9, 2017

Washington, DC - Today Scott Pruitt announced a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The Environmental Protection Agency will most likely propose a more polluter-friendly version in the future. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement in response:

"We're already shirking our international responsibilities so rolling back the Clean Power Plan isn't surprising. Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt seem to have decided the future isn't worth it so we may as well double down on a dead-end energy policy. It's the worst kind of American Exceptionalism.

Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump know who butters their bread. This is a shortsighted proposal driven by special interests who want to extract as much profit as possible, with little concern for public health. Scott Pruitt has made sure that their voices were prioritized above all others. When he wasn't wasting taxpayer money on chartered jets and installing secret phone booths in his office, he was packing his days with back to back meetings with industry representatives. It's no wonder that EPA sounds less like an agency whose mission is to protect public health and the environment and more like a fossil fuel industry trade group under Pruitt's leadership.

This proposal makes clear that Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt believe government's duty is to serve special interests. Repealing the Clean Power Plan will create huge uncertainty for the states and private companies who are already crafting plans to meet the Plan's ambitious goals. It will undermine the clean energy industry, slowing job growth in one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. It puts our water at risk because climate change is water change and this will set our efforts to fight climate change back by years. Most importantly, a repeal will jeopardize the health and well being of communities now and in the future."

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Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly
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