SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a multistate effort to oppose a Trump administration proposal to do away with federal regulations that place limits on fossil-fuel power plants' carbon emissions.
In a letter condemning the proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut carbon pollution rules, Becerra and the other attorneys general are calling the efforts a "dirty power plan" that will loosen power plant greenhouse gas requirements as well as several types of air pollution measures designed to stop climate change and protect the health of individuals.
“The clock is ticking, and yet the Trump administration continues to foolishly turn its back on any progress we’ve made to safeguard future generations,” Becerra said in a statement. “With this misguided plan that benefits corporate polluters over the well-being of the American public, Trump is callously selling out our children’s future and vowing to make America dirty again.”
The EPA states in its proposed plan that the changes in regulations "would cause over 1,630 additional premature deaths per year by 2030," Becerra's office said. According to Becerra, the EPA also admits its proposed plan would lead to health issues including respiratory problems.
The attorneys general are requesting the EPA to withdraw its proposed plan because it is based on the agency's "unlawful interpretation" of the Clean Air Act, according to Becerra's office.