Schneiderman: "I have not – and will not – hesitate to hold President Trump accountable for any climate policies that threaten New Yorkers."
New York, NY - May 31, 2017 - New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement:
“President Trump's reported decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is just the latest example of his administration's dangerous attack on urgent and common sense efforts to curb the devastating impacts of climate change.
“The Paris Agreement represents a global commitment to moving away from fossil fuel dependency and toward renewable energy. It is a crucial step toward reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The future of our planet – and people's lives – depend on every country keeping its commitment to meeting the Paris Agreement's achievable standards.
“Climate change is causing real harm to communities around New York and across the country. Yet time and again, President Trump has proven he's more interested in protecting polluters than people.
“I have not – and will not – hesitate to hold President Trump accountable for any climate policies that threaten New Yorkers. Efforts by Attorneys General and concerned citizens across the country are already forcing the Trump administration to retreat from some of its dangerous anti-climate policies.
“Just last week, the Trump administration reversed course on energy efficiency standards after we sued. From defending the Clean Power Plan, to fighting President Trump's efforts to gut the Clean Water Rule, our work to preserve and protect public health and the environment will continue.
“I will use the full power of my office to protect New Yorkers and our planet – and to fight the Trump Administration's harmful and retrograde actions.”