The Clean Power Plan Might Be Overturned and the Bay Area is Pissed

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency will get the attention it deserves for its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

(Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

One of the three Environmental Protection Agency’s listening sessions on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan is being held San Francisco on Wednesday — and Bay Area environmentalists are ready to speak up.

The Clean Power Plan was our country’s main hope in fighting climate change, and thoroughly explained how we were supposed to fulfill the Paris climate agreement before Mr. it’s-a-hoax-by-the-Chinese backed out of it in June. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt announced in October that the agency would begin to undo regulations that push states away from coal and toward renewable energy.

The EPA had one listening session in West Virginia in November and has since added Gillette, Wyo. and Kansas City, Mo. to the list. Being the only coastal location for a hearing, San Francisco has a rare chance to speak to the Trump administration from a fiercely blue perspective. (Though anyone can submit a written comment online.)

The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, and will be live-streamed through SFGovTV. Those looking to have their voices directly heard are encouraged to register in advance through the EPA website. Local groups have rallied for indirect ways to speak up, however. Here’s what’s happening throughout the day:

Center For Biological Diversity

To greet the EPA, the environmental group will bring public health and youth activists to stage a “polar bear funeral” outside the Grove Street entrance to the Main Library beginning at 7:30 a.m. The protest with chants, signs, and banners is meant to highlight the health risks made worse by coal pollution.

Sierra Club

The other environmental group is rallying members to sign up to speak during the three shifts of the session separated by a 15-minute break. In between the constant stream of support for the Clean Power Plan, it’ll have a rally at San Francisco City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

American Lung Association

By the EPA’s own data, the Clean Power Plan by 2030 would prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths; 90,000 asthma attacks in children; up to 1,700 heart attacks and hospital admissions each; and 300,000 missed school work days. 

So it’s no surprise that representatives of the American Lung Association will have their own healthcare rally on the steps of San Francisco City Hall at 10 a.m.

Indivisible Berkeley

The group’s Science and Environmental Team will also make its presence known at the Grove Street entrance at 2 p.m. To RSVP, email Phyllis Rothman at rothmanp [at]



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