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CHICAGO – People’s Action and our allies will send a clear message Monday – inside and outside the Environmental Protection Agency’s hearing here – that the Trump administration’s Dirty Energy Scam is a life and death issue for our families and our communities.

People’s Action, a national organization based in Chicago, has advocated for a stronger Clean Power Plan since 2015. The organization’s work led to the Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois two years ago.

Now we’re calling for an end to Trump’s dangerous Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan that will kill 1,400 people every year, and lead to 48,000 new cases of asthma. People’s Action demands that the EPA do more to protect families and communities from the deadly cost of carbon pollution, not less.

WHAT: People’s Action and allies speaking out against the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy plan – also known as the Dirty Energy Scam.

WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2018; beginning at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Ill.

Background:

The Affordable Clean Energy rule replaces the Clean Power Plan that for the first time set limits on carbon emissions from power plants. The new watered down plan would actually increase carbon emissions in the next decade instead of reducing them. It’s a death sentence for low income people, and communities of color most burdened by air pollution from power plants.

“The EPA’s hearing, like its plan, is nothing short of sham. We know the Trump administration has no intention of listening to the pleas of working class people and people of color who are simply asking for the right to breathe clean air in their homes and neighborhoods,” said Ben Ishibashi, People’s Action climate justice organizer.

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About People’s Action Institute

Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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