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Contact: Judith Nemes
March 28, 2017
Trump Administration’s Clean Power Plan Rollback “Will Move America Backwards and Reduce U.S. Global Competitiveness”
“Clean energy development is creating thousands of new jobs”
STATEMENT BY HOWARD A. LEARNER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER
Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, said in response to the White House announcement that it will reverse the Clean Power Plan that would help clean up the energy sector by reducing greenhouse gas emissions:
“The Midwest’s transition to clean, renewable energy is rapidly accelerating and is creating thousands of new jobs and reducing pollution,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “President Trump’s actions today would move America backwards and reduce U.S. global competitiveness in the growing clean energy business sector.
“President Trump’s policies will subsidize economically uncompetitive polluting power plants, will punish taxpayers, and hamper job creation at rapidly growing clean energy businesses. America should invest in creating more clean energy jobs for the future instead of President Trump’s heavy subsidies for the coal sector of the past.
“Economic progress in the clean energy sector is being driven by smart state policies, technological innovation and consumer preferences. President Trump’s policies are colliding with both technology advances and the public’s demand for clean renewable energy like solar energy and wind power. The Clean Power Plan aligns federal policy to help drive technology innovations and pollution reductions through energy efficiency and renewable energy development.