We at Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of 19 Riverkeepers, Coastkeepers and Shorekeepers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, ask the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Send your email today! Send a strong message to your elected representatives: reject this appointment.
Pruitt, a self-confessed climate change denier and mouth piece for the oil and gas industry, is an insult to Americans who not only deserve, but have a right to clean air for breathing and clean water for drinking.
The science of climate change is clear. With the rise of fake news, it is easy to muddle facts and confuse the public. Alongside the scientific community, the U.S. military has acknowledged and is preparing for a future with conflicts resulting from rising seas, population migration, severe drought, increasingly violent storms and more.
According to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project, available here, jobs and a healthy environment are inextricably linked. It is important to note that environmental protection is good for our economy. Choosing one over the other is always a false choice.
EPA is our top pollution-fighting agency. Unfortunately, the president-elect has selected a fox to be in charge of the EPA henhouse. The person administering the agency should not only understand and acknowledge the threats of fossil fuels, pollution, and climate change, but be willing to administer the laws he is sworn to uphold.
Waterkeepers throughout the Chesapeake and coastal bays watershed have remained vigilant to enforce local, state and federal laws. We work with citizens across five states to monitor watersheds and hold polluters accountable. We have significant work to continue to clean up the Chesapeake Bay from both point and non-point sources of pollution.
We will continue to do our job.
We urge the Senate to do theirs. Send an email today to your U.S. Senator!