Environmental groups hail U.S. return to Paris Climate Agreement
Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Ecology Center and Environmental Law & Policy Center applauded President Joe Biden’s executive action re-committing the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office.
“During the past four years, the Trump administration rolled back, weakened, or eliminated more than 100 environmental and public health safeguards which increased air and water pollution that put peoples’ health at risk,” said Charlotte Jameson, program director for legislative affairs, energy and drinking water at the Michigan Environmental Council. “The previous administration only made the climate crisis worse by dismissing scientists, ignoring environmental justice and threatening our health and environment. President Biden is outlining his vision for a more resilient nation and inviting everyone to join the effort.”
“In the coming days and weeks, President Biden should continue taking action by making major investments in clean energy and cleaner cars,” said Alexis Blizman, policy director for the Ecology Center. “The administration should also ensure our most vulnerable communities, which are first and worst impacted by climate change and harmful pollution, have a voice in planning a clean and livable future.”
“Re-committing the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement is an important step,” said Margrethe Kearney, senior attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Grand Rapids. “Our leaders in Michigan understand the impacts of climate change on our environment and our economy, and the Biden administration’s actions will compliment and support the great work our state is doing.”
The Biden administration took other important steps during its first day. It advanced efforts to promote equity and end discrimination. It reengaged the U.S. with the World Health Organization. It extended an eviction and foreclosure moratorium. And it began rolling back more than 100 executive orders that were anti-science and anti-environment.
By Byrum & Fisk; edited by Beau Brockett Jr.