Sen. Tom Carper, on Oct. 31, led a group of senators in a request to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting that the Donald Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy proposal be withdrawn and the Clean Power Plan be reinstated, noting stark contrasts between the two plans.

On Aug. 21, EPA proposed the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which would substantially increase carbon emissions, particulate air pollution and energy costs by shredding the Clean Power Plan.

“With all its flaws, the so-called ‘Affordable Clean Energy’ proposal fails to meet EPA’s most basic responsibilities to protect public health, much less the agency’s responsibilities to help our nation address climate change,” the senators wrote. “It is fitting that the last day of public comment falls on Halloween. If the so-called ‘Affordable Clean Energy’ proposal is finalized, it will surely be a trick — not a treat — for all Americans who want and deserve clean air, a better climate and affordable energy.”

The letter is signed by Sens. Carper, D-Delaware; Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon; Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York; and Michael Bennet, D-Colorado.

A copy of the letter is available at