In response to the outrageous news that Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to gut the first and only federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants – the largest stationary source of climate pollution, moms say, “NO WAY.”
Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are gutting a plan that would reduce carbon pollution, slow climate change, and protect our children’s health. If anything, the Clean Power Plan should be made stronger, not gutted with a replacement plan that does nothing to put us on the path to climate safety.
Our million-plus members oppose this ill-conceived “ACE” plan because it doesn’t provide meaningful solutions to limit climate pollution at a time when our children’s lives are on the line. In fact, this administration’s do-nothing approach is a stunning abdication of every parental instinct to prevent harm and protect children. 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, and what parents want is bold and decisive action to cut climate pollution now.
Perhaps most disturbing of all is the level of cynicism that this plan lays bare. The Trump administration’s own analysis found that the Clean Power Plan could prevent an estimated 90,000 childhood asthma attacks and as many as 4,500 early deaths each year. Replacing the Clean Power Plan with the “ACE” plan would lead to more than 1,000 additional deaths from air pollution in 2030 alone, relative to the Clean Power Plan and according to the EPA itself.
“Today it feels like the future of our kids and our country is at stake,” said former Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy, now director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. “We do not have the cleanest air and we have not crossed the finish line when it comes to pollution.”
Our children deserve better.
We invite you to watch our Virginia volunteer, Alden Cleanthes, share why the Clean Power Plan is so vitally important to the health of her family and all Americans. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFpobqmOoPo