Congressional Vote Against the Clean Power Plan Undermines Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 19, 2015

Media Contact:
Karen Monahan, karen.monahan@sierraclub.org, (612) 259-2451
Jessica Herrera, jessica.herrera@sierraclub.org, (520) 260-1725

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Polluter-backed Congressional resolutions to block the Clean Power Plan passed the Senate Tuesday night in spite of widespread public support for the policy’s life-saving steps to curb unlimited carbon pollution from power plants for the first time ever. These legislative efforts to block the policy are expected to be vetoed by President Obama.

The resolutions are an extreme and controversial legislative tool that fall under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to nullify a final administrative rulemaking. According to the Government Accountability Office, lawmakers have only struck down one rule using CRA resolutions in 43 attempts and this tactic has been called extreme by both sides of the aisle.

Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted against the resolutions.

In response, Karen Monahan, organizing representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, issued the following statement:

“We applaud Senator Franken’s and Senator Klobuchar’s decision to side with the health and safety of their constituents and reject these polluter ploys to block the Clean Power Plan in Washington.

“These legislative gimmicks are just distractions from the great benefits the Clean Power Plan will bring to our state. The policy will protect our air and water from fossil fuel pollution while promoting our transition to a clean energy economy, which will bring good jobs and more opportunities from 21st century energy technologies like solar and wind.

“Senators Kobuchar and Franken showed real leadership today by bucking fossil fuel interests in Washington and standing with Minnesotans for a clean energy future.”

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