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New Trump rule will undermine important Obama-era regulations to protect the air, reverse key progress to combat climate crisis

Senator Murray: “President Trump has already abdicated our nation’s leadership in the global fight against climate change, and with this latest move, is leaving communities in Washington state and across the country even more vulnerable to the growing dangers of the worsening climate crisis…”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration has completed its roll back of the Clean Power Plan and critical initiatives to combat climate change.

“As the wildfire season starts, and our air quality becomes the primary concern for so many families across Washington state, it is downright shameful that President Trump and his administration are doubling-down on propping up coal companies. By recklessly loosening these regulations on coal power plants—a major source of the nation’s harmful carbon pollution—the EPA is making clear that it prioritizes profits for Big Coal over clean air for children and families. Unfortunately this is just the latest attack on our nation’s bedrock environmental laws that undermines public health and flies in the face of our national consensus that protecting our environment from pollution is in the public’s best interest.

“President Trump has already abdicated our nation’s leadership in the global fight against climate change, and with this latest move, is leaving communities in Washington state and across the country even more vulnerable to the growing dangers of the worsening climate crisis—decisions that could impact public health, safety, and well-being in our state, as well as key parts of our economy like outdoor recreation and salmon fishing. Like those who came before us, we are obligated to preserve our environment and natural resources for future generations, and I will not stop working to reverse this damaging new rule.”

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