Climate Power Statement on the Updated and Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Washington, D.C. – In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated and strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, also known as the good neighbor rule, Climate Power executive director Lori Lodes issued the following statement:

“Coal plants don’t just contribute to climate change and threaten the health of people who live nearby, they create dangerous air pollution that harms air quality and endangers people in communities hundreds of miles away. Today’s update to the good neighbor rule will better protect tens of millions of people in the eastern half of the country.

“Ultimately, the only way to combat climate change and remove these threats to public health entirely is to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. As has become all too clear in recent weeks, our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels is a threat to our economy, national security, and way of life. Transitioning to clean energy will save families money, fight climate change, and create real energy independence.”