Today, a coalition of environmental and climate justice, Indigenous rights, public health, consumer, and environmental groups delivered two letters urging lawmakers to oppose including the giveaway of billions of taxpayer dollars to the fossil fuel industry in any tax bill. Advocates are worried that a provision to expand the Section 45Q tax credit to oil, gas, and coal companies could be quietly snuck in through negotiations on House and Senate tax bills.
"We've done this before - we were there during the campaign to pass the Clean Water Act and we have fought to protect clean water ever since. We are already pounding the pavement and knocking on doors in neighborhoods throughout the nation and in the halls of Congress to make sure we put our health and the environment before the needs of polluters and special interests."
The Trump Administration Decides to Give Up on Human Health and the Environment, Proposes to Cancel Landmark Action on Climate
"This proposal makes clear that Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt believe government's duty is to serve special interests. Repealing the Clean Power Plan will create huge uncertainty for the states and private companies who are already building plans to meet its ambitious goals."
Fossil Fuel Industry in the Driver's Seat: Clean Water Action on Senate and House FY2018 Budget Resolutions
"Not only do the budget resolutions from both the House and Senate set the framework for drastic cuts that will make it difficult to protect our water and promote healthy communities, they begin to open the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. It's buy one set of bad policies, get one free for the fossil fuel industry and other special interests."
"This should serve as a reminder to the Trump administration that it should be working to protect the American people and public health, not polluter profits."