SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announcing that EPA will begin the process of repealing the jointly-developed federal-state Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan requires greenhouse gas reductions from the power sector, the country's largest stationary source of climate-damaging pollution.
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a legal responsibility to significantly reduce carbon pollution from power plants. This responsibility can only be fulfilled through a strong, effective, and science-based policy like the Clean Power Plan. Repealing it simply won’t cut it. That is why I will do everything in my power to defend the Clean Power Plan,” said Attorney General Becerra. “California has already shown that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants while growing our economy, and we refuse to let this Administration shirk its responsibility at the national level. I grew up knowing that I could breathe clean air. I want all parents to be able to say that their children will breathe clean air, too.”