Delaney Statement on Trump Proposal to Relax Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has announced its plans to roll back Obama-era clean energy rules setting strict carbon dioxide limits for power plants.
“While the West burns and scientists warn of constantly increasing temperatures, the Trump administration’s thought is to roll back efforts to reduce emissions? This is incredibly misguided and backwards-looking policy,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). “Every American should be alarmed by what this White House is doing. President Trump doesn’t want to just ignore climate change, he wants to make things worse – this is going to impact our economy, public health and national security. Cities, states, and the responsible members of Congress alike must do everything we can to stop this assault on our environment. It is clear that what we need is a carbon tax – a powerful tool that will use market forces to reduce emissions and encourage private sector investment in alternative energy sources all while raising revenues that can be used to actually help those impacted.”
Congressman Delaney is the author of legislation that establishes a tax on greenhouse gas emissions and uses revenues generated to provide extensive benefits to displaced coal industry workers and provide payments to low and middle income Americans. Delaney is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.