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We must not turn our backs on the Earth

Three years ago, world leaders commemorated Earth Day by signing the Paris Climate Agreement. We rejoiced when 195 nations came together to solve the most pressing problem of our time. The moment was remarkable and hopeful.

And then Donald Trump's presidency happened.

While nations around the world set to work to reduce global warming, the Trump administration thumbed its nose at science and international cooperation by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

To make matters worse? Donald Trump overloaded his cabinet with loyalists who are cozied up to corporate polluters.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt denies climate change, disregards science, and seeks oil drilling expansions. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to sell off our scenic areas to builders and bankers. And NASA's newly-appointed chief, Jim Bridenstine, is not a scientist, questions climate change, and has a politically divisive record in Congress.

Here in Connecticut, our coastal economies depend on clean air and water. Rising sea levels and destructive weather are a threat to every community across the state and nation.

It is unconscionable to favor the oil industry over healthy communities. To degrade our precious wilderness areas for the benefit of developers. To ignore the facts to turn a buck – a lot of bucks, actually.

We must work together to support state governments, companies, and legislation that protect our environment and the health of our communities.

I look forward to rejoining the rest of the world by signing back on to the Paris Climate Agreement at the earliest opportunity.

Jim

Posted on April 22, 2018.

Meet Jim

Congressman Jim Himes is a tireless voice for common-sense, independent solutions to the challenges facing Connecticut. He's looking out for the middle class, fighting for affordable health care for all, taking on special interests like the NRA to end gun violence, and working to create economic opportunity for working families.

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