December 1, 2015

House Votes to Sabotage Paris Climate Agreement

Washington (December 1, 2015)—The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass legislation today that would kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards limiting power plant carbon dioxide emissions. President Barack Obama has already stated he would veto the legislation.

Below is a statement by Rob Cowin, director of government affairs for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“World leaders are gathered in Paris right now, trying to avert a climate catastrophe while Congress is taking steps to ensure we stay on our current collision course. The legislative branch is actively trying to undermine America’s leadership in the world on this critical global issue.

“House and Senate leadership are playing Grinch, bah humbugging all attempts at international cooperation and constructive solutions to a very serious problem. Super villains might be a more appropriate description because at least, in the end, the Grinch saw the fallacies of his ways.”

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