Statement – Greenpeace responds to Trump’s rollback of climate protection initiatives
28 March 2017 (EDMONTON) — In response to the Trump administration repealing several crucial components of Obama’s climate plan, Greenpeace Canada Climate and Energy Campaigner, Mike Hudema, said:
“Trump has shown again today that his agenda is to send America backwards by signing yet another executive order that defies science and ignores the health and wellbeing of communities. The consequences of delaying the transition to clean, renewable energy will be felt across North America and around the world. In Paris, 194 nations agreed to take urgent action on climate. Trump cannot stop the world from moving ahead toward the inevitable end of the fossil fuel age, but his delay can cause devastation for our environment and vulnerable communities.
With the U.S. backsliding on climate, it is even more important for other jurisdictions to push forward. For Canada, this means refusing to collaborate with the Trump administration to expand climate-destroying fossil fuel infrastructure, like the Keystone XL or Enbridge Line 3 pipelines, and speeding up the uptake of clean, renewable energy. Communities, municipalities and First Nations will continue to fight the risky financials and safety problems of these fossil fuel projects, pushing us forward to real solutions that create jobs, protect water, build local economies and keep our environment safe in the process.
Greenpeace U.S.A. Executive Director, Annie Leonard, said:
“This executive order gives us further proof that Trump isn’t a leader, he’s just a fossil fuel industry stooge with a presidential pen. Thankfully, for all his bluster, the best Trump can do is delay America’s inevitable transition to clean energy, but he can’t stop it. The problem, of course, is how much devastation his administration will inflict on the climate, vulnerable communities, and the environment in the meantime. With this executive order, the Trump administration is simply putting America further behind in the global race towards a renewable future.
“Trump’s attempt to undo the climate protections ensured in the 2015 EPA regulations will be vigorously challenged in court. Given the administration’s recent track record, that gives us hope that this roll-back of environmental policies won’t stand and justice will ensure these laws continue to protect the environment and the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change.”
Greenpeace U.S.A’s full statement can be found here.
Greenpeace Canada: Jesse Firempong, firstname.lastname@example.org, 778-996-6549
Greenpeace U.S.A: Travis Nichols email@example.com, 206-802-8498