March 27, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Reversing the Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order rolling back the Clean Power Plan:

"As President Trump removes environmental protections, he has again put corporate interests ahead of the right of Americans to breathe clean air and live healthy lives. The harm and human cost of rescinding this plan is very real. President Obama's Clean Power Plan established reasonable, achievable, and flexible limits on the nation's largest source of carbon pollution: power plants. By 2030, it would have prevented 3,600 premature deaths per year and would have resulted in 300,000 fewer missed workdays and schooldays. The EPA conducted extensive outreach and heard from more than 4 million Americans as it formulated this plan. That robust, transparent process also led the EPA to conclude that the Clean Power Plan would create tens of thousands of jobs.

"California has long been a leader on climate change, and our experience shows that taking bold action can improve our economy and our air quality. As Attorney General, I worked with 17 other states and the District of Columbia to defend the Clean Power Plan in court, because we knew what could be achieved by moving towards a clean energy economy. Today's executive order is both short-sighted and legally questionable. I urge the President to respect public health and withdraw this harmful executive order."