Green For All National Director Michelle Romero Speaks Out Against Trump's Dirty Coal Plan

Romero described the statistics offered by Wheeler's EPA as nonsense, arguing that the "dirty economy actually costs us more" and saying that "struggling families and low-income communities are subsidizing the cost for big polluters to continue to profit."

This is a uniquely bad idea, as former Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope argued in an opinion piece for Salon on Wednesday. It's obviously more about pleasing wealthy donors than helping the American economy, which makes the misleadingly named "Affordable Clean Energy" rule a tough sell. So the Trump administration is turning to its favorite methods to sell the public — or at least its own base voters — on their bad ideas: Gaslighting, lying and, above all, trolling.

This was made clear on Monday, the day before the EPA announced the new plan, when E&E News published a leaked document from the EPA outlining the agency's talking points. The sheet is a stunning display of dishonest tactics, such as focusing on the cost of implementing the Clean Power Plan while ignoring the high costs created by pollution and climate change, and portraying coal as somehow a forward-looking energy source in place of the cleaner energy forms the entire rest of the world is working toward.

What's particularly telling is the way that the document cynically exploits progressive concerns about racial equality in service of trying to sell out the planet's health to a few rich coal barons.

The Clean Power Plan "would have hurt minorities and senior citizens disproportionally," the document claims, suggesting that the plan would put millions of people of color out of work and "would increase Black poverty by 23 percent and Hispanic poverty by 26 percent."

“On what authority does Trump have to speak on behalf of people of color?" exclaimed Michelle Romero, the deputy director of Green for All, an environmental initiative focused on economic and racial justice.

Romero described the statistics offered by Wheeler's EPA as nonsense, arguing that the "dirty economy actually costs us more" and saying that "struggling families and low-income communities are subsidizing the cost for big polluters to continue to profit."

Read the full article here: https://www.salon.com/2018/08/23/heres-donald-trumps-brilliant-strategy-to-sell-his-dirty-coal-plan-troll-the-libs/

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