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Ohio Groups Will Fight Trump Climate Order

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The Clean Power Plan was expected to cut more than 1 billion tons of carbon emissions (Pixabay)
The Clean Power Plan was expected to cut more than 1 billion tons of carbon emissions (Pixabay)
 By Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH, Contact
March 30, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – President Donald Trump's executive order rolling back climate regulations, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan, isn't getting rave reviews from some Ohio parents.

Laura Burns, an organizer with the Moms Clean Air Force in Ohio, says the order takes the country back to dirty air.

She maintains it proves Trump is willing to put the interests of fossil fuel companies before children, and says moms across Ohio will continue to fight attacks on the environment and public health.

"We are really going to be working with our senators and our representatives to make sure that they understand that we didn't miss this,” she stresses. “I think sometimes when policies get put out there, they just assume that no one is watching, but we are watching and this is not something that Ohioans are pleased with."

One goal of the Clean Power Plan was to cut more than a billion tons of carbon emissions, mostly from power plants, by 2030 – a move the Environmental Protection Agency estimated would result in $55 billion worth of public health benefits.

Some experts say children are especially at risk for developing asthma and other breathing problems exacerbated by air pollution because their lungs still are developing.

Trump called regulations created during the Obama administration "federal overreach" and promised a new era of job creation.

Here in Ohio, lawmakers continue to battle again over the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. And Burns says it's more important than ever that Gov. John Kasich, who has acknowledged the need to fight climate change, knows he has support.

"Gov. Kasich needs our support,” she states. “He's worked really pretty hard on getting us some clean air regulations by way of clean energy. And the Ohio Senate just keeps going back and forth about them, and they keep trying to dismantle them and freeze them so they need to be hearing from us."

Groups including Moms Clean Air Force, the National Wildlife Federation, Ohio Citizen Action and Progress Ohio are among those condemning the president's executive order, which is expected to face legal challenges.

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