April 21, 2017
Press Release
Less Than One Month After President Trump Signs Executive Order To Seriously Undermine Efforts to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to commemorate Earth Day and highlight how climate change is affecting the health of our communities.

“Earth Day has been recognized around the world since 1970 as a day when we take proactive steps and reflect on ways to protect the environment and minimize health risks that will become more pronounced as our climate continues to change.  When people think of climate change, they normally think of the environment, but they rarely consider the serious health risks,” said Rep. Espaillat.  “As our climate continues to change, we will see more severe cases of respiratory allergies and asthma, and experience an increase in diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other disease-carrying organisms.  Left unchecked, climate change will continue to harm the health and safety of our communities.

“The United States long stood at the forefront in advocating for environmental protections.  As we have observed in our recent history, there have been detrimental and unprecedented changes in our environment such as the depletion of our ozone, increases in harmful gases like carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and an increase in the number of floods, droughts and fires we witness annually.

“We each have an active role to play in our efforts to maintain the integrity of our environment, and agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are important to help build awareness of how climate change impacts each of us.  However, President Trump’s Executive Order directs the EPA to withdraw and rewrite President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which has been essential in our efforts to address climate change and cut emissions by 26 percent by 2025.  Trump’s Executive Order is a shortsighted attack on the health of our communities, and we must take action now to ensure the health and safety of our children and our families.

“On this Earth Day, I encourage each of you to recommit to environmental conservation and urge your local, state and federal officials to support agencies that continue to protect our environment and keep our communities healthy.”

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