Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Let America Breathe Again

Mar 28, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement following President Trump’s executive order undermining President Obama’s Climate Action Plan:

“Today, President Trump continued on his destructive agenda of taking America backwards. With today’s executive order, the President is singlehandedly attempting to undo years of commonsense Obama-era policies that were put in place to protect our nation’s air, land and water and to mitigate against the worst impacts of climate change. Like many other heartless and thoughtless proposals put forward by this Administration, low income communities and communities of color will undoubtedly be disproportionately impacted by these backwards-looking policies.

“From attempting to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, which would have reduced our nation’s carbon footprint, to repealing the ‘social cost of carbon’ requirement for federal agencies to consider when enacting policy, the President’s shortsighted executive order jeopardizes the public health while only benefitting a select few in the fossil fuel industries. The President should be looking forward by implementing policies that would increase jobs and trade opportunities by promoting and investing in cleaner, more sustainable energy sources of the future.

“Instead of ensuring that the United States continues to play an important role, established under President Obama, in rallying the world towards a more sustainable future, President Trump is forfeiting that leadership and instead putting the future at risk for all of our children and grandchildren.”