December 6, 2018

Whitehouse Slams EPA Rollback of Air Pollution Standard

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal released today to ease emissions standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants:

This proposal is another illegal attempt by the Trump administration to prop up an industry already buckling under the powerful force of the free market.  Easing the new source performance standard does nothing but deliver a short-term boost for the Trump administration’s fossil fuel backers and allow for more reckless carbon pollution.  Did the EPA even read the National Climate Assessment, released just last month?  If the president cared about coal miners, he would start working on ways to help the industry’s workforce adjust to the new economic reality and begin investing in their future.”


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