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Today, oral argument was heard in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for the case West Virginia vs. United States EPA, concerning the Clean Power Plan.

In response, Sierra Club’s Chief Climate Counsel Joanne Spalding released the following statement:

“The case presented in favor of the Clean Power Plan today is extremely strong and demonstrated that the standards are flexible, cost-effective, and built on a solid legal foundation. Public health champions, environmental advocates, utility companies, and supportive states all spoke up in court today because the Clean Power Plan saves lives and creates jobs in a way that is plainly consistent with the law. That is what we have known since day one of this process.

“On the other hand, we continue to be surprised that polluters and their political allies continue to rehash claims that lack merit both inside and outside the courtroom. That is why we remain confident that the Clean Power Plan will be implemented to protect the health of American families when it is upheld in Court.”