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David J. Hayes: Trump Administration Should Listen to its Own Climate Science Report

State attorneys general serving as first line of defense for our environment

November 3, 2017
Contact: stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu

Washington, DC David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law and former Interior deputy secretary in the Obama and Clinton Administrations, released the following statement after the Trump Administration released a report showing human action largely drives climate change:

“The correlation between human activity and climate change is indisputable. The cabinet secretaries who double as climate deniers should heed their own Administration’s warnings.

“In the absence of federal leaders who make decisions based on facts and science, state attorneys general have never been more important in the fight to protect our environment. Since the Trump Administration began, they’ve filed an average of two lawsuits a month and taken dozens of other actions to stop their rollbacks of basic environmental protections. Their lawsuits are forcing the Trump Administration to obey the law and think twice about nixing crucial regulations. Anyone who values environmental protections will continue to rely on attorneys general playing this unprecedented role.”

ABOUT THE STATE IMPACT CENTER: The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping State Attorneys General fight against regulatory rollbacks and advocate for clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.