- Rep. Chris Gibson Keeps Climate Promise

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2015

Rep. Chris Gibson Keeps Climate Promise

Congressman follows science and rejects Congressional plan to stall climate action

Albany – Just days after Pope Francis appealed for climate leadership, and as world leaders are developing ways to cut carbon emissions, the House of Representatives passed HR2042, legislation to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, incite states to ignore federal law, and create a legal boondoggle that would stall climate action for years, if not decades, to come.

Representative Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) broke with his political conference and was the only Republican in New York to take a stand for his constituents and climate action, and one of only four nationwide.

The following statement is attributable to Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz:

“We have no doubt that the fossil fuel industry and its apologists in Congress applied significant pressure on Congressman Gibson to support this backwards legislation. He stood firm, followed the science, and did what is clearly best for New Yorkers’ air, climate and public health.

The latest attack on science is championed by Kentucky Representative Ed Whitfield, whose primary interest is coal industry profit. Let’s be clear, Congressman Whitfield does not care that coal industry pollution contributes to man-made climate change. He does not care that pollution from western fossil fuel plants is in the air that our kids breathe. And his legislation is a direct assault on the entire Clean Air Act.

Environmental Advocates of New York applauds the congressman Gibson for his leadership on this critical issue.”