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ASBC Statement on Pruitt’s Repeal of the Clean Power Plan:

For Immediate Release: 
October 10, 2017

“To side with some of our biggest polluters in the coal industry against the health and welfare of the rest of country is unconscionable. For an EPA Administrator to lead the charge should be unacceptable to all reasonable people.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today issued a statement blasting the decision by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The following statement may be attributed to Richard Eidlin, Vice President for Policy and Co-founder:

“Air pollution is destructive to our overall economy and the health of millions of Americans. Carbon and other greenhouse gases are already changing our climate as we see with the increased frequency of extreme weather events. To side with some of our biggest polluters in the coal industry against the health and welfare of the rest of country is unconscionable. For an EPA Administrator to lead the charge should be unacceptable to all reasonable people.

“Whether, it’s politically convenient or not, coal is a major contributor to air pollution and climate change. The Clean Power Plan provided states with extensive flexibility in meeting their carbon reduction targets, and was supported by many business organizations from all industrial sectors.

“The decision by EPA Administrator and President Trump to repeal the Clean Power Plan leaves our country without any strategy to address one of our most serious challenges to our future success. This will likely lead to a loss of global business opportunities for US firms and increased air pollution from Kentucky to Idaho.

“The financial markets, the American electorate and thousands of business leaders across every sector of the economy have already spoken – it’s past time to regulate carbon emissions. The Supreme Court ruled several years ago that EPA had the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2, and thus coal.

“In contrast to Pruitt’s claim that the CPP chose ‘winners and losers,’ it’s this Administration that is following that approach by ignoring the many promising low carbon energy technologies produced in our country. The future is not in coal, as job growth figures in the clean energy industry prove. The Administration’s narrow defense of the coal industry jeopardizes our future economic growth and will inflicts harm on our public health.

“We call on business leaders to make their voices loud and clear during the public comment period before the repeal takes effect. Polluters cannot be allowed to continue to destroy our planet.”

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org