Rehoboth Beach mayor joins other mayors opposing clean power plan repeal
Rehoboth Beach Mayor Paul Kuhns has joined over 200 mayors from across the United States to express his support for the Clean Power Plan, on Tuesday.
The plan is reportedly a critical public health protection and climate change solution that sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and helps cities transition to a clean energy economy. According to reports, the Trump administration is trying to repeal the C.P.P. even though mayors, state leaders and state businesses are against this.
In a letter, officials say, 233 mayors from 46 states and territories strongly opposed efforts by the Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, as they say it would have devastating health and economic effects on their communities, including exposing Americans to increased air pollution, worsening climate change and stronger and more destructive extreme weather events.
Mayor Kuhns says, "States, cities, and businesses across the country are moving forward with clean energy solutions that reduce air and carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy, creating good-paying American jobs. We understand the economic, environmental and health benefits of clean energy solutions and acutely understand the risks associated with dirty energy sources. That is why I joined mayors from across America to urge the federal government provide certainty and support for local government and business by keeping the Clean Power Plan intact, as well as to protect the health and welfare of our communities."
A Trump administration analysis reportedly found that the Clean Power Plan could stop as many as 4,500 early deaths annually by 2030- an estimate higher than other EPA projections.
Officials say that the Clean Power Plan would speed the transition to clean energy that is already going on. Clean energy jobs have reportedly seen incredible growth in recent years, with solar and wind jobs growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the American economy.
Cities are on the front line of climate change, with more than 200 cities going after plans to cut carbon pollution, spark innovation and build a clean, safe and secure future for their residents.