B&B engineering students have taken to the sidewalks in Washington, D.C., to protest a government crackdown on emissions from power plants.
They took to the street to show their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality regulations and called on President Trump to step in to prevent further harmful air pollution.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to come out to their districts and speak out and protest against the regulations that are going on and what’s going on with power plants,” said D.A. Michael Fenton, who helped lead the protest.
“We want to let everyone know that we are not going to stand by and let these regulations continue to be imposed on us,” Fenton said.
The students were part of a group of students who have called for a boycott of companies involved in the emissions regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan.
The EPA says the plan requires all American power plants to reduce emissions to 21 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
The protest has been a response to the Trump administration’s announcement of new regulations on air quality.
The new rules, which were announced in February, impose new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and require companies to install carbon capture and storage technologies.
The D.E.A.’s draft plan, however, does not include any new requirements for coal-burning power plants, and its draft emissions standards for power plants are also significantly weaker than the EPA’s.
“They’re making it very clear that they don’t have a plan,” said Fenton.
“This is an opportunity for students to make their voices heard,” he said.
Students from the College of Engineering are part of an online course that teaches students how to create protest signs, as well as how to build an electric vehicle charging station.
Students at the school say they’re concerned about the impact of the rules on their students’ academic performance and are calling on Trump to take immediate action.
“If he’s not going do anything to stop these regulations, we need to take action, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Kelli Jonsson, an undergraduate at the university.
The school says students are also calling for a call for divestment from fossil fuels.