Mayor Signs Letter Opposing End of the Clean Power Plan

City of Olympia
Date of Release: February 21, 2018

Kellie Purce Braseth
Strategic Communications Director

Mayor Signs Letter Opposing End of the Clean Power Plan

Olympia mayor joins hundreds of mayors across the country in opposing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Olympia, WA –Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby has joined more than 200 mayors from across the United States to express her support for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) – an essential 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. The Trump Administration is trying to repeal the CPP in spite of support from mayors, state leaders and state businesses.

In a letter, 236 mayors from 47 states and territories strongly opposed efforts by the Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. They believe it would have devastating health and economic impacts on their communities, including exposing Americans to increased air pollution, worsening climate change, and resulting in stronger and more destructive extreme weather events.

“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. We understand the economic, environmental and health benefits of clean energy solutions and acutely understand the risks associated with dirty energy sources,” said Selby. “That is why I joined mayors from across America to urge the federal government provide certainty and support for local governments and businesses by keeping the Clean Power Plan intact, as well as to protect the health and welfare of our communities.”

A Trump administration analysis found that the Clean Power Plan could prevent as many as 4,500 premature deaths each year by 2030 – an estimate higher than even previous EPA projections. The Clean Power Plan would also accelerate the transition to clean energy that is already underway. Clean energy jobs have seen incredible growth in recent years, with solar and wind jobs growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. Cities are on the front line of climate change, with more than 200 cities pursuing ambitious plans to cut carbon pollution, spark innovation, and build a clean, safe, and secure future for their residents.

You can view the full letter here: