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Rep. McNerney Statement on the Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Feb 18, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Jerry McNerney issued the following statement in response to the Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 “Any doubt that Mr. Trump would keep his promises to protect the environment were put to an end when he nominated Mr. Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By nominating Mr. Pruitt, Trump made clear that he means to halt any progress made by our nation and by extension much of the world, toward fighting climate change. Unfortunately, Mr. Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday. His confirmation is a true tragedy for the United States and the world in so many ways. It will hurt the American economy, which is now posed to take the lead in producing clean energy and benefit from the resulting economic growth, including selling that technology to the rest of the world. By placing Mr. Pruitt in charge of the EPA, we will certainly see a significant rollback of the environmental protections that have been so successful in improving the quality of our air and water. Furthermore, the United States has taken a leadership position with respect to combatting climate change, and with our country backing away from its commitment to fight climate change, there will be little incentive for other countries to make the necessary changes and investments to reduce their own carbon emissions, making climate disasters a greater inevitability.


  Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.