WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement on President Trump’s actions designed to roll back President Obama’s climate-change legacy.
“Climate change is a real and intensifying threat to this country and all of humanity, and any action that undercuts the progress we have made to address its damage is patently short-sighted and fundamentally unwise. As such, the president’s actions to undercut the Clean Power Plan create greater uncertainty for electric utilities and the American public alike, and absolutely represents the wrong direction for our country. Unfortunately, by elevating the extraction of fossil fuels at a time when our renewable energy sector is beginning to realize its vast potential, today’s actions by the Trump administration have compromised America’s energy security interests and our leadership role on climate change in the eyes of the world. I will continue to fight to ensure that carbon is regarded and regulated as a harmful pollutant, and that our communities and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have what they need to resist and adapt to climate change impacts. I’ll also work to ensure that the U.S. honors its global commitments on climate change and continues its global leadership to reduce carbon emissions.”