WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to roll-back former President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives: 

“Today is a sad day for our nation, and for our planet. With the stroke of his pen, President Trump is doing serious damage to nearly a decade of progress on one of the most defining – and important – issues of our time. Climate change is an urgent economic and national security challenge that is already beginning to have disastrous effects. 

“This Executive Order only makes sense if you think climate change is a hoax created by China and you’re living in a state of denial about the very real harm it is doing to our environment, our economy, and our world. This order will set back our nation’s progress in combatting the threat of climate change, and hurt the emerging clean energy industry – putting us behind global competitors and costing American jobs in the long run.

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“I plan to do everything in my power to oppose this executive action every step of the way.”

As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Booker has stood up for cleaner, healthier communities. He has worked to ban oil drilling off of New Jersey’s coastline, clean up Superfund sites, improve air quality, and strengthen national chemical safety laws to better protect families from toxic substances.