WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to mitigate
potentially devastating effects of climate change, preserve clean energy jobs,
reduce pollution, and decrease dependence on foreign energy sources, U.S.
Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have joined with
Michael Bennet (D-CO) and more than 30 of their Senate colleagues in
introducing legislation to rescind President Trump’s executive order to
dismantle the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and reverse several landmark U.S.
initiatives to reduce dangerous emissions that contribute to climate change.
The Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act seeks to block federal
agencies from implementing the actions outlined in the executive order, which
was signed by President Trump on Tuesday. These actions include rolling
back the Clean Power Plan, which is currently on track to provide $54 billion
in climate and health benefits each year, prevent thousands of premature deaths
and asthma attacks in children, reduce electricity bills for homes and
businesses, and create thousands of good-paying clean tech jobs.
“In signing this executive order, President Trump can bring
back more smog, but he can’t bring back the coal jobs he promised. The fact
is the rest of the world is moving forward with cleaner energy and clean tech
jobs, and the President’s move will actually put the United States at a
competitive disadvantage. This executive order will reverse the progress
of thoughtful and deliberate environmental policies that seek to limit
pollution, promote renewable energy, mitigate the effects of global warming,
and protect our public health,” said Senator Reed. “Instead of undoing
environmental protections and denying climate change, the President should work
with Congress to take action, protect future generations, and build a brighter
"The Clean Power Plan was developed to protect
Americans’ health, slow the effects of climate change, save us money on energy
costs, and create? jobs," said Senator Whitehouse, Ranking Member of the
Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and
Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force. "This legislation
blocks President Trump’s reckless attempt to take away reasonable protections
that benefit Rhode Islanders and our economy."? ?
Announced by the Obama Administration in August 2015, the
CPP was carefully designed to improve public health, reduce energy bills for
families and businesses, and combat the effects of climate change while
creating good paying jobs in the clean energy sector. The plan was
estimated to cut pollution emissions from fossil fuel power plants, the largest
source of carbon pollution, by 32 percent below 2012 levels by 2030.
Additionally, the EPA estimates that the CPP would save thousands of lives and
prevent tens of thousands of cases of pollution-related illness.