On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. AMC’s President and CEO, John Judge, responds to this action:
“Repealing the Clean Power Plan sends our nation in the wrong direction. In the face of soaring temperatures, shorter winters, and increased storm intensity, reducing climate-disrupting emissions should be a priority. Instead, the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan is a clear delaying tactic that prioritizes politics over sound leadership on climate change and threatens human health, economic stability, and the ecological integrity of landscapes.
Tackling climate change caused by human-made air pollution should be a priority for all who value the outdoors, who seek a vibrant economic future that embraces clean energy generation, and who believe in stewardship of our planet for today and for future generations.
As the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States, the Appalachian Mountain Club will work with our 275,000 constituents to engage current and future generations in tackling the challenge of climate change for the benefit of the 54 million people in the region we serve. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to opt out of its obligation to address greenhouse gas emissions must be countered by the outdoor recreation and conservation community calling loudly and clearly for implementing the Clean Power Plan as planned.”
More information about AMC’s support for climate science, climate policies, and the Clean Power Plan, including how to get involved, is available on AMC’s Conservation blog: Rolling Back Climate Protections: AMC responds to Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan.