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Rep. Welch remarks on President Trump's Planned Rollback of the Clean Power Plan

Mr. Speaker, President Trump today plans to unravel the Clean Power Plan – a plan that once implemented would reduce carbon emissions by 170 million tons, the equivalent of 166 million cars.

Why? False science. False economics.

Some of the best minds of the 18th Century apparently are advising President Trump on science matters. This planet is melting. We’ve had the worst wild weather in centuries. The three hottest years on record. Let’s not deny what’s before our very eyes.

False economics. President Trump apparently believes we have to make a choice: either jobs or a clean environment. The exact opposite is true. Eight million people worldwide work in clean energy. It’ll be 24 million in 2030. Solar jobs in Vermont grew at the fastest pace of any jobs.

President Trump believes we either have jobs or a clean environment. He has it exactly wrong. We have both or we have neither. A confident nation faces its problems – it doesn’t t deny them. Keep the clean power plan intact. I yield back.