Blumenauer on Trump’s Executive Order Reversing Landmark Climate Policies: “Disastrous"

March 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on Donald Trump’s executive order reversing landmark climate policies.

"Today's announcement confirms that Donald Trump is in an all-out war against our planet. His Executive Order reversing President Obama's landmark climate policies is disastrous. It comes at the expense of important progress made over the last eight years, the stability of our climate, and the future of our children.

"Under President Obama, the Clean Power Plan restricted carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, imposed a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and prioritized how climate change is accounted for in federal decision-making under the National Environmental Policy Act. These were important pieces of our global leadership on climate change and critical steps in our trajectory towards a clean energy future. The Trump administration and special interest fossil fuel groups are unraveling key initiatives put in place to protect our planet for future generations, who will fear we did too little too late, not too much too fast.

"We will not stand for this. I will fight rollbacks of common-sense and progressive reforms. Right now, our economy creates vast amounts of greenhouse gases that harm our environment and put out planet’s future in jeopardy. The good news is that our action for the last ten years have created hundreds of thousands of jobs and new economic opportunities while we start to come to grips with this challenge. We should be doing everything we can to build on the steps taken by the Obama Administration to address this issue, not rolling them back.

"If the Trump administration will not provide climate leadership, we can. I will continue fighting for a clean energy future, supporting renewable resources and expanding incentives for energy efficiency, protecting our environment, and working for a price on carbon. I invite you to join me. It is our obligation to our planet and to future generations.”