October 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan. 


“I am appalled. The EPA is supposed to protect the environment, but Administrator Pruitt is undermining the Agency’s mission by putting the interests of his friends in the fossil fuel industry before those of the American public. The Trump Administration can pretend that coal can be a viable industry again but their hollow words are just a distraction from efforts to actually assist coal miners searching for work. The coal industry is declining not because of the Clean Power Plan, but as a result of market forces. It's no surprise that a man who cruises around on the private jets of oil executives at taxpayers' expense would sell out to Big Oil.


Climate change poses an existential threat to humanity. Take the devastating wildfires currently ravaging Northern California. Scientists have linked the heatwave and drought that preceded them to climate change. In fact, 13 of California's 20 largest wildfires on record have burned in just the last 17 years. The Clean Power Plan will play an integral role in reducing our nation’s carbon emissions and keeping our air and environment clean for future generations. We cannot afford to go backward in addressing climate change. I will do everything I can to fight this disastrous decision.”