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Attorney General George Jepsen Statement on Clean Power Plan Replacement

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s proposed plan to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national limits on the climate change emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants.

“President Trump and his EPA clearly don’t believe in climate science, and nor do they appear to care about the clear and present risks posed by climate change to the health of our people and economy. This new rule totally disregards both the law and everything we know about the environment. I will work vigorously with other states to challenge this outrageous abdication of authority and common sense.”

Connecticut is part of a coalition in defense of Clean Power Plan. That coalition includes New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode, Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, New York City (NY), Broward County (FL), Boulder (CO), Chicago (IL), Philadelphia (PA), and South Miami (FL). The states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania and the City of Los Angeles also joined in comments the coalition filed in April opposing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan is a culmination of decade-long effort by partnering states and cities to require mandatory cuts in the emissions of climate change pollution from fossil fuel-burning power plants under the Clean Air Act. The Clean Power Plan, along with the companion rule applicable to new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, would control these emissions by setting limits on the amount of climate change pollution that power plants can emit. The Clean Power Plan would eliminate as much climate change pollution as is emitted by more than 160 million cars a year or 70 percent of the nation’s passenger cars.

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