BY ISN STAFF | August 24, 2018
In light of Tuesday’s Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an Obama administration policy aimed at combating climate change, will be replaced by the new and significantly weaker Affordable Clean Energy Rule, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology has released the statement below.
The Clean Power Plan was enacted in 2015. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order mandating EPA review of the rule. In October of 2017, the EPA announced plans to end the CPP. Catholic leaders and laity across the U.S., responding to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ to care for creation and those most affected by climate change, have spoken out in support of fully implementing and maintaining the CPP to significantly reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution.