April 17, 2018
Greenwire reports that a bipartisan group of agency officials from 13 states urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to leave the Clean Power Plan intact. In joint comments submitted to EPA, state officials from various energy and environmental agencies blasted Pruitt for attempting to repeal President Obama's signature climate rule, according to Greenwire.
"The proposed repeal will make our efforts to reduce carbon pollution more difficult, and endanger the health and welfare of our residents," they wrote in a letter.
"In addition to its greenhouse gas benefits, the CPP would help to reduce transported air pollution from other states, helping jurisdictions comply with federal air quality standards. The Clean Power Plan would drive emissions reductions under a consistent framework across the country, and in doing so accelerate the technical and regulatory innovations that make these reductions cheaper."
The letter was signed by state officials from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
The letter, which was facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center, emphasizes that the group of signatories includes states representing a combined population of 114 million and 44 percent of the U.S. economy.
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