Scott Statement on President Trump’s Anti-Environment Executive Order
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order that would dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, undo key components of the Climate Action Plan, and make it more difficult for the Federal Government to prepare for the effects of climate change:
“After submitting a budget that deeply cuts the Environmental Protection Agency and zeros out funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, this latest action by the Trump Administration will further harm Virginians and our environment. In Hampton Roads, we have already seen the signs of changing climate through extreme weather, recurrent flooding, and higher than average temperatures. President Trump’s anti-environment executive order will make it more difficult for our community to respond to these challenges and mitigate the effects of climate change. Guidelines that required federal planning to account for rising seas and the effects of carbon emissions and regulations that reduce emissions from new and existing coal fired power plants are among the many rules that would be curtailed by this Executive Order.
“We have an obligation to reduce the impacts of climate change. That is why I supported the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions, the Climate Action Plan and other efforts to ensure that climate change is taken into account in federal planning.
“The American people want their elected leaders to respond to the challenges posed by climate change and to ensure that the United States is a world leader in this global effort. However, I fear that today’s Executive Order will set our nation back years in preparing to deal with this threat head on.”
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