Clean Power Plan Talking Points
The Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is actively working to kill the Clean Power Plan, the single most important action our country has taken to curb dangerous climate change.
EPA held a series of listening sessions in Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA, and Gillette, WY, earlier this year on repealing the climate-saving plan, which provides substantial health protections and economic opportunity in clean energy for Americans across the country.
Now, EPA is proposing to replace Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. Don’t let the name fool you - this proposal is really a dirty power scheme that would gut the Clean Power Plan, increase carbon pollution, and let polluters off the hook at the expense of public health.
Experience shows that we can cut carbon pollution, grow the economy, and create jobs. It doesn’t require a false choice between economic protections and health protections as a few deep-pocketed industry executives would have us believe.
We can have a healthy economy and a healthy environment
American innovation can solve the challenge of reducing the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change and threatens our health and economy. We do not have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment; we can have both.
A recent analysis by the Trump administration found that the Clean Power Plan could prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths each year by 2030—an estimate higher than previous EPA projections.
And, still, the Trump administration wants to get rid of this life-saving plan. That doesn’t make any sense.
With strong and achievable standards, the Clean Power Plan would cut U.S. carbon pollution 32 percent by 2030 below 2005 levels—or 870 million tons less carbon pollution.
The Clean Power Plan would also accelerate the ongoing transition to clean energy.
Clean energy jobs have seen incredible growth in recent years, with solar and wind jobs growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy and a wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing profession in the country.
Today more than 3 million Americans hold jobs in clean energy working to install and operate wind and solar systems, and making our homes and buildings more energy efficient, passing savings onto us.
We are seeing climate change now
The latest government report on climate change documents a world in grave peril from the central environmental challenge of our time.
In little more than a century, the average temperature, across the United States and around the world, has increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the warmest the planet has ever been in the history of modern civilization.
The warming has been “global, long-term, and unambiguous,” the report states, affirming that last year was the hottest since global record-keeping began, in 1880.
16 of the hottest years ever recorded have occurred in this century.
We’re already on track for up to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit of additional warming by 2040, because we’ve already choked the earth’s atmosphere with more carbon dioxide, methane, and other dangerous greenhouse gases than at any other time in at least three million years.
That’s why we must be investing in efficiency so we do more with less waste in our cars, homes, and workplaces; cleaning up our dirty power plants; and getting more renewable energy from the wind and sun.
If we do, we’ve got a shot at limiting global warming enough to leave our children a livable world.
• Clean Power Plan replacement explainer article
• Sample testimony from NRDC experts
• Spread the word on Facebook
• The Clean Power Plan will promote energy efficiency — read the report
• Support the Clean Power Plan — submit your letter to the EPA
Questions? Email us at CPPHearings@nrdc.org.