Cárdenas Statement on Trump Decision to Revoke California’s Power to Enforce Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON, DC –Today, the Trump administration will revoke California's power to implement more stringent limits on vehicle carbon pollution than the federal government. This comes as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its decision to roll back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and dozens of environmental regulations.
Congressman Tony Cárdenas’ (CA-29) releases the following statement:
“President Trump is doing all that he can to stop any responsible action to combat climate change. He is, yet again, putting special interests and for-profit polluters ahead of the health of the American people. Growing up in Los Angeles, my generation had to endure the irresponsible actions by polluters and, as a result, Los Angeles had one of the worst air qualities in the world. But because of environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, things improved and now children can play outside without the fear of falling ill.
“We are witnessing the devastating effects of climate change before our eyes; the Amazon is on fire, the hottest summer in recorded history, and frequent hurricanes ravage the coasts. The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to reverse the effects of climate change. This is a very real threat to America’s security and economy. I will continue fighting to protect our environment and ensure that our children have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.”
In June, the EPA announced its decision to roll back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Congressman Cárdenas is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees national energy, health, and communications policies. Cárdenas serves on the Subcommittees on Health, Communications & Technology, and Consumer Protection & Commerce.