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US Senator “Udall Statement on Trump Administration’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan JUNE 19, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, issued the following statement after EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan and replace it with a new rule that will lead to hundreds more premature deaths and hospitalizations from increased toxic air pollution:
“Yet again, the Trump administration has prioritized polluters over people by repealing the Clean Power Plan in an egregious giveaway to big corporations. This is all part of a large-scale effort by this administration to systematically dismantle our nation’s best efforts to combat climate change, curb pollution, and embrace a clean energy economy.
Now, with this latest move, the administration has turned its back on the American public, jeopardizing our health, safety, and way of life – all in service of padding the pockets of big polluters.
“The EPA should be leading the charge in the fight against climate change. Instead, President Trump and Andrew Wheeler are more invested in doing the bidding of special interests — at the expense of the public interest.
“America can no longer afford inaction on climate change. In New Mexico, which is right in the bull’s eye of the climate crisis, the costs will be particularly devastating – and we will all continue to pay the price in the form of polluted air, rising temperatures, more frequent droughts, and increasingly severe wildfires.
“Now, it falls to the American public to fight back and do our part to make up for the mistakes of this administration. The Southwest is rich in renewable resources like wind and solar, and New Mexico has the potential to be at the epicenter of America’s clean energy economy. It’s imperative that states, elected officials, local communities, and the broader business community step up and come together to build a better future and safeguard the future of our planet.” ###” https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/news/press-releases/udall-statement-on-trump-administrations-repeal-of-clean-power-plan
US Senator Tom Udall’s father was an important environmentalist, who should be remembered:
“Stewart Lee Udall (January 31, 1920 – March 20, 2010) was an American politician and later, a federal government official. After serving three terms as a congressman from Arizona, he served as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969, under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.….
A pioneer of the environmental movement, Udall warned of a conservation crisis in the 1960s with his best-selling book on environmental attitudes in the United States, The Quiet Crisis (1963). In the book, he wrote about the dangers of pollution, overuse of natural resources, and dwindling open spaces. Along with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, The Quiet Crisis is credited with creating a consciousness in the country that led to the environmental movement. Udall was a staunch supporter of Rachel Carson and her work. Stewart Udall once stated, “Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact, plans to protect Man.”
Udall also had the foresight, when he was Secretary of the Interior, to spearhead the use of NASA satellites to produce images of Earth from space for scientific research, leading to development of the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) center at the U.S. Geological Survey. Over the course of more than forty years, that program mapped the Earth from space, showing the physical changes to the planet.
In 1967, the National Audubon Society awarded Udall its highest honor, the Audubon medal.
During the energy crisis in the 1970s, Udall advocated the use of solar energy as one remedy to the crisis. In October 1972, Udall published a seminal article in The Atlantic Monthly, entitled “The Last Traffic Jam”. The article contains arguments for the proposition that “less is more” and foresaw problems with U.S. transportation and energy policy and competition with emerging markets for scarce resources. In 1974, Udall, along with Charles Conconi and David Osterhout, wrote The Energy Balloon, discussing the energy policies of the United States…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Udall