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Daily Action: Take Clean Power Plan Out of Pruitt's Hands


CONTACT: 
Scott Pruitt, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency:
(202) 564-4700

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script for the EPA:
Hello, my name is __________, from _______________, California. I am calling to express my anger with the EPA's announced intention to undermine the Clean Power Plan, and to urge you to stop engaging in irresponsible denial over climate change. Over the last month, we've seen the devastation created by intensified hurricanes in the Atlantic and massive fires in California. These events demonstrate the dangers we face from climate change -- and there's no question that carbon emissions from the use of fossil fuels such as coal are playing a huge role. This is no time for the EPA to disgrace itself by giving free rein to climate change deniers! Please know that we, the mainstream of the American people, will fight any efforts to unwind the Clean Power Plan with everything we've got. Thank you!

Sample Script for Members of Congress:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to create and support legislation that takes the power to undermine the Clean Power Plan out of the EPA's hands. Over the last month, we've seen the devastation caused by intensified hurricanes in the Atlantic and massive fires in California. These events demonstrate the dangers we face from climate change. This is no time for the Trump administration to give free rein to those who deny the role of carbon emissions in changing our climate. Please support measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan, and oppose those that undermine it. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
On Monday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency will begin taking steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 policy designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. The Plan was the signature climate-change initiative of the Obama administration ... making it an unsurprising target of Trump's efforts to unwind his predecessor's achievements. 

The Clean Power Plan, a set of policies and guidelines issued in 2015 under the Clean Air Act, sets carbon emission targets for coal, gas and other power plants, and gives states latitude to design individualized methods to achieve them. The Plan's targets: cut carbon emissions by 32% (relative to 2005 levels), save $20 billion in climate-related costs, achieve up to $34 billion in added health benefits, and make renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines more affordable for Americans to use at home.

The Trump EPA's moves to roll back these policies are hugely irresponsible, certainly at a time when floods, wildfires and droughts have intensified in a demonstration of climate change's effects on our planet. Repealing the Clean Power Plan won't be easy for Trump and Pruitt, and won't happen with a simple announcement; it will require years of formal rule-making and fighting lawsuits. The website Vox notes that the EPA is legally obligated to regulate carbon, following the Supreme Court's 2007 ruling that carbon dioxide qualifies as an air pollutant under the Clean Air Act, and the EPA's own 2009 "Endangerment Finding" that greenhouse gases are a danger to public health. 

Despite these difficulties, the EPA's ability to undermine science-based policies is reason enough for Congress to take action now, developing and passing measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan -- and voting down bills that would sabotage it.