Bonamici Statement on Nomination of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator
WASHINGTON, DC [1/9/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a leader on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“By nominating Andrew Wheeler to be the next EPA Administrator, President Trump and his Administration show that they will continue to put special interests ahead of safeguarding access to clean air and clean water,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “As a former coal lobbyist and EPA Acting Administrator, Wheeler has demonstrated a long record of acting contrary to the EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.
“In his current role at the EPA, Wheeler has already threatened public health by dismissing the role of scientists, defending polluters, and ignoring clear scientific evidence on climate change. Scientists at the EPA agree that his proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan would have severe consequences for the health and well-being of millions of people. Wheeler’s efforts at the EPA to roll back fuel economy standards, repeal methane leak monitoring and repair requirements, undermine landmark mercury and air toxic standards for power plants, and weaken clean water protections will result in irreparable damage to the health of our planet and our people.
“In the 116th Congress, we have the opportunity and the imperative to protect our planet and defend science. I will keep fighting for comprehensive actions that reduce carbon emissions, limit our dependence on fossil fuels, and accelerate our transition to 100 percent clean energy. I look forward to having the opportunity to expand House oversight of the EPA, including its suppression of science and the implementation of harmful regulations. I will do everything I can to reject the continued attacks on science and stand up for the EPA’s critical work to address climate change and protect the health of our families.”