Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency decision to gut the Clean Power Plan:
“Dismantling the Clean Power Plan is a direct attack on the health of Americans and the future of our climate. As the very real impacts of climate change continue to devastate vulnerable communities both at home and abroad, the United States cannot ignore our responsibility to defend the environment against the harmful effects of pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the responsibility to safeguard Americans from the damages of carbon pollution and EPA Administrator Pruitt’s actions today make it clear that the Trump Administration is willing to ignore this essential duty and disregard proven science.
“With the Administration’s refusal to acknowledge that the health of our planet depends on the actions we take today, we must support the work done in our local communities to reduce pollution and prioritize the transition to clean energy solutions. I am proud of the work being done in Washington state to support and grow a job creating clean energy economy that protects our land, water, and air. As a member of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to fight this deeply irresponsible and dangerous decision.”