David Miller, Director of Communications, August 21, 2018
Columbus, Ohio — The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council:
“Today, the Trump Administration announced its reckless plan to roll back protections for our families and environment included in the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. This short-sighted directive falls incredibly short of shifting the power sector away from coal, and toward cleaner, more efficient sources of power. President Trump and his allies in the coal industry are desperately clinging to the past, while everyone else — from major corporations to the utility sector, from individual citizens to cities and local governments, to President Trump’s own Department of Defense — is moving forward in the clean energy era and not looking back.
“This decision is not just a slight change of course from past actions to clean up our air — it is an abrupt turn heading the wrong direction. If this plan goes into place, our families will be less safe and America will be further behind the rest of the world. This move will cause long-reaching problems for each breath we take, the land we walk on, and the water we drink. We are already on the path to clean energy, and this action will make the world less clean, and less safe for our kids and grandkids.”