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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against two separate attempts to obstruct the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan would allow states, localities, and energy utility companies to set standards for reducing emissions and encourage investments in innovative, sustainable energy production. The plan calls for reducing carbon pollution from U.S. power plants by 32% by the year 2030, and is expected to save the average American family nearly $85 on their energy bills.

“Reducing emissions from power plants – the largest emitters of harmful pollutants in our country – is a significant action that will boost our economy, benefit public health, and save hard working families money by cutting energy bills. The resolutions put forth by House Leadership today were not only an attempt to gut the Clean Power Plan, but they also failed to offer any credible alternative plan to keep our air and water clean for the next generation. At a time when world leaders are coming together in Paris to reach a historic accord to slow climate change, Congress should be leading the way to support them, not undermining them.”

The Clean Power Plan was released by the EPA in August, and can be read in full HERE. Congressman Peters voted against S.J. Res. 23, which would block the EPA rule to make newly constructed power plants cleaner, and S.J. Res. 24, which would block the EPA rule to make existing power plants cleaner.