According to press reports, President-elect Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York’s, issued the following statement in response:
“We need an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator who protects our environmental laws, is guided by science when crafting and implementing policy, puts public health ahead of dirty energy special interests, and has the qualifications necessary to safeguard the American public from climate change. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt meets none of those criteria.
In a win for our oceans and climate, the Obama administration finalized its oil and gas leasing program, which provides protection for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from risky oil and gas drilling for the next five years. “Coastal businesses, fishermen, and marine life learned the lesson after the BP disaster that when you drill, you spill,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “People spoke up loudly and clearly against offshore drilling. We are thrilled the Atlantic is protected for the next five years and adding protection for the Arctic makes the victory that much sweeter.”
Just last week in New York, Governor Cuomo took a step in the right direction by announcing a contract for the installation of 300 electric vehicle charging stations at public locations across New York.
“Our daily commutes are cooking the planet, but they don't have to. We have the technology and skilled workforce to build cleaner cars and the tools to give Americans cleaner choices for getting from point A to point B,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Governor Cuomo is making progress here, but he should keep supporting cleaner cars, invest in more public transit, and foster communities that enable people to walk and bike safely. We have solutions, now we just need the right policies to make it happen.”
Thanks to leadership from President Obama, the Paris Climate Agreement entered into force today.
Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:
“We’re thrilled that global leaders have moved quickly to ratify this important agreement to preserve our climate. It sends a strong signal that the world plans to do more, faster to protect our communities, our families and our future.