California leaders to protest scrapping of Clean Power Plan

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Top energy and environment officials from California are expected to testify against efforts by the Trump administration to scrap an Obama-era policy that aimed to slash fossil fuel emissions.

The heads or top deputies of seven agencies will testify Wednesday at a federal Environmental Protection Agency hearing in San Francisco.

They're expected to say that last year's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan ignores science and will endanger public health.

Also, protesters ranging from schoolchildren to members of the American Lung Association planned to rally at City Hall.

The Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and speed the shift from coal to renewable energy sources.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and other lawmakers have backed strong efforts to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels, which have been linked to climate change.

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