The Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback decades of environmental, workplace, and safety protections will be met with some RESISTANCE. The law of the land requires that any executive agency seeking to change any existing regulation has to invite and review public comments.  At least in this setting, citizen voices have something approaching the same weight as that of paid lobbyists.  At IEB we’re tracking as many of these proposed rollbacks as possible so that our members can make their voices heard. Please read the background information in the links below and comment (and comment often) to protect the country!

Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Deadline: April 26, 2018
Take action now! and show up in-person on Feb. 28 (details below)

Despite the serious impacts of climate change now and in the future, the Trump administration is proposing to repeal the federal rule that was issued to control our country’s biggest source of climate pollution — fossil-fuel-fired power plants. The administration has proposed to repeal the rule now and consider whether to replace it later.

EPA will accept public comments on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) until April 26, 2018, and the agency expects to schedule a public hearing. For more information on this rollback proposal and how to comment, see Defending the Clean Power Plan on the Save EPA web site.

The proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the next step in the implementation of President Trump’s March 28 Executive Order titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” The order calls for review and revision or repeal of many climate rules and policies.

The CPP was developed after years of extensive public engagement that explored how best to establish requirements under the Clean Air Act to limit climate-changing carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from the power sector. The rule establishes emission targets and provides each state with the flexibility to design its own plan for cutting CO2 pollution from fossil-fuel-fired power plants. By 2030, the CPP would help achieve a 32 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from the power sector relative to the 2005 level. CO2 reduction strategies also would cut emissions of other air pollutants that are associated with increases in heart attacks, hospital admissions for asthma attacks, and deaths.

EPA’s 2015 analysis shows that the health, environmental and other economic benefits of the CPP are large, dwarfing the costs to comply. The net benefits (the benefits minus costs) were estimated to range from between $26 billion to $45 billion in 2030. The Trump administration has produced a new economic analysis that omits some benefits and changes key assumptions, producing a different assessment to support the repeal.

Make your voice heard by submitting comments to EPA and sending a copy of your comments to your representative and senators. For information to assist, see Defending the Clean Power Plan.

You can also show up in person and speak at the upcoming Listening Session scheduled for San Francisco:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 AM until 7:30 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Location: San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 30 Grove Street entrance

Explainer graciously provided by SaveEPA, a volunteer organization made up of retired and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency.