WASHINGTON – Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has joined Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in submitting comments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regarding its proposed guidance on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Trump administration’s proposal would significantly downplay the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions in the federal government’s NEPA environmental review process—a process Congress put in place to ensure major threats like climate change are taken into account for all federal actions. In the comments, the senators detail how the proposed changes are another sign of the fossil fuel industry wresting control of Americans’ environmental regulators to pollute more easily.
The comments highlight the economic risks of climate change, catalogue the range of authorities – from courts to states to private companies – that support or require monetizing the cost of carbon pollution, and document the deep and broad ties between the Trump administration and the fossil fuel industry.
Read the senators’ full comments here.