ICYMI: CONGRESSMAN LIEU’S THE HILL OP-ED: “ACTING ON CLIMATE IN THE AGE OF PRUITT”

December 12, 2016
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ICYMI: CONGRESSMAN LIEU’S THE HILL OP-ED: “ACTING ON CLIMATE IN THE AGE OF PRUITT”

Online at The Hill, Mr. Lieu discusses the negative consequences of nominating Scott Pruitt,
a fierce climate change denier, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency under President-elect Trump’s administration.

“Pruitt, who was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma in 2010, has spent his tenure acting as a de facto lobbyist for the oil and gas industry.”

“He sows doubt about the undeniable reality of climate change.  He relishes fighting environmental protections put forth by the EPA. He is currently waging a campaign against the Attorneys General investigating ExxonMobil for climate fraud.  This is giving a fox the keys to the hen house.”

I worry, though, that as Trump pads his Cabinet with Pruitt and other members of ‘team fossil fuel’, America will cede its opportunity to lead the world’s green energy revolution, and other countries (such as China) will fill that void.  If the Kennedy Administration and NASA in the 1960s had the same attitude about science that Trump and Pruitt have today, John Glenn would have never had the chance to orbit the Earth; American astronauts would have never stepped foot on the Moon. Russian astronauts would have beat us to it.”

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The Full Text of THE HILL piece can be found HERE.

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