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House Stand With Polluters, Vote to Repeal Clean Power Plan

DavidArkush1Statement of David Arkush, Managing Director, Public Citizen’s Climate Program

Note: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed resolutions to repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which the U.S. Senate passed in November. President Obama will veto the resolutions and opponents of the Clean Power Plan lack the votes to override his vetoes.

As world leaders come together in Paris to commit to stronger action to fight climate change, it’s shameful that the House is holding symbolic votes to show that it stands with polluters, not U.S. consumers or people around the world who will be devastated by climate change.

A recent Public Citizen analysis shows that in addition to mitigating the harms of climate change, the Clean Power Plan is a good deal for consumers. The rule will lower household electricity bills in every state by 2030, and nearly every state by 2025. Every member of Congress should support a rule that will not only clean up our air and reduce climate change, but save money for American families.