Nineteen senators have written to Scott Pruitt questioning the methodology logic behind the decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

They write:

“At seemingly every turn, the 2017 Repeal proposal uses mathematical sleights of hand to over-state the costs of industry compliance with the 2015 Rule and understate the benefits that will be lost if the 2017 repeal is finalized.”

“Denying the science and fabricating the math may satisfy the agency’s paperwork requirements, but doing so will not satisfy the requirements of the law, nor will it slow the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, the inexorable rise in sea levels, or the other dire effects of global warming that our planet is already experiencing,”

The letter specifically questions the repeal’s stance on the health effects of pollution, its overstatement of the cost of the Clean Power Plan, and the understatement of the plan’s benefits.

A government agency that denies science and places public health at risk is not normal.

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