Court Rejects Trump Emissions Rollbacks

Administration’s attempt to replace the Clean Power Plan thrown out

Trump's Clean Power Plan Replacement would worsen climate and air pollution

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January 19, 2021 (BOSTON, MA) – A federal court has thrown out the Trump Administration’s attempts to roll back emissions standards for power plants. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), which previously filed a petition challenging the rollback, released the following statement in response to today’s news.

“The court saw right through the Trump Administration’s naked attempt to throw a lifeline to dirty outmoded coal plants,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Decimating critical emissions standards would have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans by the EPA’s own estimates. It’s fitting that an administration solely focused on destructive environmental rollbacks has been handed a resounding defeat on its last day in office.”

The Clean Power Plan was implemented by the Obama Administration to limit harmful emissions from fossil fuel plants. The Trump Administration attempted to replace the rule with the Affordable Clean Energy plan, which was nothing more than a giveaway to coal plants at the expense of air quality and public health.

CLF experts are available for further comment.