Washington, DC — U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement today to repeal the Clean Power Plan rule:

“We are disappointed in the Administration’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan and would urge them to rethink their position. The Clean Power Plan would have set the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, which are the largest single source and are responsible for approximately 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States. The Clean Power Plan would have also encouraged the development of cleaner, safer energy, creating jobs and spurring economic growth.”

“We acknowledge the detrimental impact that climate change already has, and will continue to have on our communities and our planet. Mayors will continue to lead the way and we will work with the private sector to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to remain economically competitive and energy independent.”

“Despite this setback and just like we did when the Administration pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, the nation’s mayors will continue to stand for what’s right. We will redouble our efforts and broaden our partnerships with the business community to fill the leadership void as we work to effectively mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.”