Washington, D.C. — In response to President Trump’s wide-ranging anti-environment remarks in Pittsburgh today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from SVP of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“The majority of people in the United States say that climate change is an emergency, yet President Trump’s response to the greatest challenge of our time is the same every time: take us backwards. His withdrawal from the Paris agreement is irresponsible and dangerous. His proud comments that he is ‘opening federal lands and offshore areas’ to drilling and has ‘opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas’ are unconscionable. These moves would harm our coastal economies, threaten majestic wildlife and put the livelihoods of so many at risk.
“At a time when unhealthy air days are up 15 percent according to data from Trump’s own EPA and the science says we need to drastically cut carbon pollution, we can’t afford to go in the wrong direction. Trump is further jeopardizing the health and safety of our communities.”