WE ACT on Clean Power Plan Executive Order

March 28, 2017
Brooke Havlik, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, 212-961-1000 ext. 320, brooke@weact.org

Washington, DC — Today, President Trump signed an executive order, rescinding President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and climate legacy. In response, WE ACT’s Federal Policy Director, Adrienne Hollis issued the following statement:

“Today’s devastating rollback of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) will severely impact vulnerable people nationwide. Withdrawing the protections offered by the CPP leaves frontline communities vulnerable to environmental onslaughts caused by climate change. Not only that, but communities of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status are more impacted by the air pollution surrounding power plants. Living near power plants causes increased respiratory illnesses, including asthma and COPD, and increased cancer rates. The Clean Power Plan was not only an opportunity to curb the impacts of climate change, but reduce decades of environmental health inequity. WE ACT will continue to stand up and fight back so that every person, no matter their zip code, has access to clean air, clean water, and a safe climate.”

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