MATTESON—(ENEWSPF)—January 3, 2017. Statement from the Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group Executive Committee:
The key role of the Environmental Protection Agency is to ensure that all Americans can enjoy clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and have their health protected from environmental and climate threats.
In order to pass safeguards to meet its mission, the EPA bases decisions and policy entirely on science rather than guesses or assumptions by those who are not experts. While this may appear shocking to those not working at the Agency or in environmental and/or climate science fields currently, it’s this process that has protected communities across the country from acid rain, smog, and a litany of threats.
That’s why President-elect Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he plans to appoint fossil fuel ally, climate-denying Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator is appalling and unacceptable. As Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt regularly conspired with the fossil fuel industry to attack EPA regulations and describes himself as ‘a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.’ He is clearly unfit to head this important, life-protecting agency. Add Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and climate-denying Rick Perry for Energy Secretary and you have the makings of one of the most anti-environmental cabinets in recent history.
That’s why we’re calling on our Senators, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Tammy Duckworth – and all citizens – to oppose these nominations. Nothing less than our children’s health and the health of our planet is at stake.
Source: Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club
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