WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28, 2015) —Earlier this week, Congressional Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV), and Representative Ed Whitfield (KY) introduced Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions intended to repeal the U.S. EPA’s first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
Following are statements from three leading Latino organizations:
Adrianna Quintero, Executive Director of Voces Verdes, made this statement:
“The Clean Power Plan is an important tool for protecting our communities and getting our country off of dirty energy. This commonsense, flexible approach to limit carbon pollution from power plants builds on past climate action taken by cities and states across the country. In fact most states are already actively working to meet pollution reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan. This legislation would set the clock back on the progress state leaders have made to protect our families and communities from harmful air pollution. Voces Verdes urges Senators and Representatives to vote ‘no’ on disapproval resolutions against the Clean Power Plan.”
Mark Magaña, President of Green Latinos made the following statement:
“Big polluters and their allies in Congress are showing once again how out of touch they are with the 80% of Latinos who support action on climate change. This attempt to derail the Clean Power Plan would give industry a free pass to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air of our communities, already overburdened with air pollution and toxic waste. This reckless attack on our families and communities, which will block critical health protections, should be rejected by Congress.”
Felipe Benitez, National Communications Director for Mi Familia Vota, said the following:
“Stopping the Clean Power Plan to allow polluters to continue harming our families and our community through air pollution is yet another way Republican elected officials keep attacking the Latino community. By siding with big polluters, they continue to show their true colors and interests and ignoring the fact that 80% of Latinos support action on climate change. Our community is watching and our community will hold accountable in the ballot box those politicians that have stood on the way of the well-being of our families.