For Immediate Release: March 28, 2017
Trump Puts Our Lives & Communities in Climate Change’s Crosshairs
Statement from Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York
“Anyone with Twitter knows that President Trump fails to grasp the impact of his words. But today, he’s demonstrated a failure to grasp the devastation of his actions as he’s placed our health and security at risk.
With the stroke of a pen, President Trump thinks he can repeal facts and bully us back to the dirty and dangerous ways of the past. He may view this as a moment of ‘American Pride,’ but he and his administration are the only ones who don’t get that no one voted for air that makes our kids sick.
If it wasn’t clear to Governor Cuomo before today why he must place his climate and clean energy policies into law, he must get it now. Climate action cannot be sustained through executive actions alone – New Yorkers need the force of law to protect them. As New York joins with California to fight for state-based climate action, it would be wise to replicate the wisdom of California by enshrining our goals and programs in law. President Trump may be a lost cause, but his actions are causing millions of New Yorkers who know that climate change is getting worse to engage. New York State owes it to them to provide security in knowing their government is looking out for them.”