Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Joins Letter Urging EPA to Rescind Clean Power Plan Replacement Proposal

Oct 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined 50 Members of the Safe Climate Caucus in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding he rescind the Agency’s proposed so-called Affordable Clean Energy Rule, or at least allow for additional public hearings and time to comment.  According to the EPA, the proposed rule would result in more than 1,600 deaths by 2030.

“It is clear that President Trump and Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are endangering lives and undermining the transition to cleaner, safer energy sources.  Americans deserve a clean environment and proposing to bury the Clean Power Plan, which set the first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants — a major source of the pollution that exacerbates climate change — puts corporate polluters before the health and safety of our nation,” said Rush.  “Trump’s toxic team are beholden to their special interest friends’ dirty energy agenda, which threatens the health of our nation.  Andrew Wheeler is a career lobbyist for big polluters, including the largest coal mining company in America, who has spent a lifetime fighting protections for clean air, clean water, and public health.  We will not stand by and watch this Administration continue its assault on critical environmental protections.  I will continue to fight for a better, safer, and cleaner environment for future generations.” 

The full text of the letter is available here.