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Yonkers Mayor Spano Joins Hundreds of Mayors Across the Country Opposing Repeal of Clean Power Plan and Urge Federal Government to Act on Climate

Post Date:02/20/2018 3:33 PM
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YONKERS, NY – February 20, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today joined over 200 Mayors from across the United States to express his 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, 233 Mayors from 46 states and territories strongly opposed efforts by the Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, as it would have devastating health and economic impacts on their communities, including exposing Americans to increased air pollution, worsening climate change, and stronger and more destructive extreme weather events. 

“Cities and businesses across the country are moving forward with clean energy solutions and in Yonkers, as the 4th largest city in New York State, we are committed to doing our part,” said Mayor Spano.  “Cities like Yonkers have made great progress in acting to reduce carbon emissions and lessen our impact on climate change. We recognize that without adequate solutions to slow the warming of our planet, the future of our cities, particularly coastal communities, is uncertain. Repealing the CPP is simply irresponsible and a signal by the Trump Administration of its lack of concern over the future of our environment and human health.”

A recent 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.

The full letter can be found at http://climatemayors.org/actions/clean-power-plan

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