From Electrek: As Trump administration reverses Clean Power Plan, CA and NY vow to pursue it

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    Sep 28, 2016
    As Trump administration reverses Clean Power Plan, CA and NY vow to pursue it


    Just last week we reported on the California Air Resources Board’s vote to protect the environment even if the federal government refuses to, and today the governors of California and New York released a joint statement condemning the federal government’s move to harm the health of Americans and kill jobs (given that solar, not coal, is responsible for energy job growth in the US these days) by reversing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The governors also stated that, regardless of the reversal of the Plan, their states will continue to strive not only to meet the targets of the Plan, but to exceed them. Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, joined in the chorus on twitter, stating that he is “ready to lead a coalition of AGs defending it all the way up to the Supreme Court.”

    California and New York together represent almost 20% of the population of the United States and more than 20% of the country’s GDP, with California’s economy alone being the 6th largest in the world, just ahead of France and behind the United Kingdom. Despite this, they also represent less than 10% of the nation’s carbon emissions – a disproportionately low amount considering their economic output. As the two cleanest states in terms of emissions per capita, their environmental regulations have not stopped them from also being economic powerhouses, as both states have significantly higher GDP per capita than the nation as a whole.

    Read the full statement below.


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