October 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Decision to Roll Back the Clean Power Plan

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to rescind the Clean Power Plan:

“The repeal of the Clean Power Plan is not only a major threat to public health, it neglects our moral obligation to address the growing threat of climate change. In Nevada, our communities, as well as our outdoor recreation economy, are acutely threatened by climate change. Our clean energy economy, and the well-paying jobs it provides, could be irreparably harmed if the Clean Power Plan is repealed. This plan has established necessary rules to cut back on carbon pollution, protect our air and water, and has incentivized the development of renewable energy to help us move toward a more sustainable future. Stunting Nevada’s progress as a leader in clean energy by removing incentives, while jeopardizing the health of Nevadans, is simply unacceptable and morally reprehensible. 

“It is our responsibility to do our part and protect our people and planet from both preventable and irremediable harm. I urge the public to participate in the EPA’s public-comment period to oppose and challenge Mr. Pruitt’s decision. We cannot afford to go backwards and ignore the scientific consensus that climate change is not only real, but also one of the biggest threats of our generation.”