Protecting Our Environment

Energy and the Environment
President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw the U.S. From the Paris Climate Agreement Makes America Less Safe, and puts our environment, economy, and public health at risk.

Democrats strongly believe in our responsibility to serve as stewards of our environment and public lands for current and future generations. Instead of working with Democrats, Republicans in Congress have focused relentlessly on rolling back environmental and public health protections. Since the beginning of the 115th Congress, Republicans have voted to undermine clean air protections, take away protections that keep drinking water sources safe, shut down public lands, and allow the inhumane killing of animals on wildlife refuges.

In addition to actions taken by Republicans in Congress, President Trump announced earlier this year that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accords – an agreement signed by almost 200 countries that will work to combat climate change. This decision is an abdication of American leadership and undermines our national security and America’s credibility.  Already, countries like China are stepping up to replace American leadership on climate change.  

Despite President Trump’s misguided decision, Democrats remain committed to protecting our planet for future generations and advocating for policies that address climate change and invest in our nation’s clean energy future while spurring job creation and economic growth.

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President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address tonight, and as we reflect on his first year in office, it is clear that the Trump presidency has so far been defined by chaos and incompetence.
America is not America without its great outdoor spaces, its national parks, and historic monuments that Congress and past presidents have preserved for the benefit of generations to come. 
We’re in, because it’s the right thing to do. We’re in, because it’s common sense. We’re in, because we are the leaders notwithstanding the blowing of the trumpet of retreat by Trump. That’s why we’re in.
Each day, more and more concerning questions surrounding the awarding of a lucrative contract to Whitefish Energy are raised.
Today we are witnessing the consequences of putting in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency someone who does not believe in the agency’s core mission and has spent his career seeking to undermine environmental protection.

I am heartbroken by the scenes of flooding and destruction in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey and by the painful effect this storm has had on lives, health, and families' homes.


Today’s announcement by the Department of the Interior represents an abdication of this Administration’s responsibility to serve as stewards of our public lands and national monuments for current and future generations.


Today marks six months since President Trump’s inauguration. 


Another day, another poll showing the majority of Americans oppose President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Not only are Americans worried about the adverse consequences of climate change (contrary to his Energy Secretary's latest comments) and how Trump’s decision undermines our nation’s credibility, but the majority of the public also believes the decision is bad for our economy.


Last week, President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accords, an international agreement signed by nearly 200 countries to combat the effects of climate change. 


Business leaders, national security officials, and public health experts all support a global response to climate change – and so do the American people. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 59% of Americans oppose Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. From the Washington Post:


Last week, President Trump announced that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accords – an agreement signed by almost 200 countries that will work to combat climate change. 


The announcement of President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement is a striking abdication of American leadership in the world. It is a dangerous surrender of American strength in foreign affairs, one that empowers other nations and weakens our influence abroad. 


If President Trump withdraws from the Paris climate agreement, he will once again undermine America's global leadership and put national security, our economy, and public health at risk.


President Trump's refusal to affirm the Paris climate agreement alongside the other G7 leaders represents a striking abdication of American leadership.


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (NY), and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (IL) released the following statement on a letter they sent to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today urging him to reject efforts to shrink or eliminate national monuments in carrying out the President’s April 26th executive order:


Saturday, April 29 marks Donald Trump’s 100th day as president. His first 100 days have been defined by chaos, incompetence and broken promises to the American people.


The Clean Power Plan was promulgated in order to protect public health and protect our nation from the devastating impacts of climate change. 


Don’t just take our word for it – a look at the headlines shows that we aren’t the only ones who thought the President’s speech was long on empty rhetoric and short on substance:

Roll Call: In Joint Address, Trump Offers Congress Few Policy Details


The President-Elect continues to appoint individuals who are either unqualified or who have denigrated the Department they were nominated to lead.  


Finally, after weeks of negotiation, House Republicans brought a water resources bill to the Floor.  


I am deeply disappointed in President-Elect Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.  


As Congress prepares to adjourn at the end of the week, it’s clear that the Republican-led 114th Congress has become yet another closed, unproductive, do-nothing Congress.


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.