April 13, 2017, PITTSBURGH, Pa. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will speak with coal miners at the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., kicking off EPA’s Back-to-Basics agenda, one that promises to put public health in danger and our natural landscape at risk of being destroyed.
Administrator Pruitt will discuss the President’s recent Energy Independence Executive Order, which directs EPA and other federal agencies to rewrite and dismantle the Clean Power Plan and knock down regulations that protect citizens from big polluters, threatening air quality and drinking water sources across the country.
“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is headed to the Harvey mine in Sycamore, Pa. to peddle his plan to destroy the agency he leads while ‘returning power’ to grossly underfunded state agencies,” PennFuture President and CEO Larry Schweiger said. “Pruitt is undermining our last chance to avoid climate disruption. We need to push back on this reckless and cynical action that will not even help coal because cheap gas is killing coal in the energy market, and the smart miners know it.”
Pennsylvania emits one percent of the world's carbon pollution, yet President Trump’s new order ensures our power plants will continue to pollute our communities and contribute to global warming. We have tangible, economic solutions to solve these problems, yet Trump and his cronies insist on ignoring science, facts and the direction of the market. The U.S. solar industry employs nearly 374,000 Americans – more than coal, oil, and natural gas combined. Meanwhile, the U.S wind industry supports over 100,000 jobs in all 50 states. More people are employed in Pennsylvania’s clean energy industry at 66,000 than in its coal industry, which dwindles at 6,600. In light of these facts, the President’s policies stunt the growth of renewable energy.
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.
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