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U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva Joins Climate Advocates in Protecting Public Health, Opposing EPA Budget Cuts

April 20, 2017


Ashley Lynch, (602) 558-3157,

(TUCSON, AZ) — Today, U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva joined climate advocates in speaking out against the Trump Administration's dirty energy agenda that will negatively impact the health of Arizonans.

In a press conference hosted by The Physicians for Social Responsibility, Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter speakers condemned U.S. Senator Jeff Flake for voting to confirm Scott Pruitt, President Trump's toxic choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"Global warming is hurting us now and this is affecting our children and future generations of Tucson. And yet, President Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Senator Flake plan to implement a dirty energy agenda that will endanger public health in our state. Arizonans need to collectively speak out and stand up for the protections put in place that keep our lives and communities safe and healthy," said Congressman Raul Grijalva, who serves on the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Flake voted to confirm Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the EPA, despite Pruitt suing the EPA 14 times as Oklahoma attorney general and receiving nearly $350,000 in political donations from the fossil fuel industry.

"President Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency present a very direct threat to the health and well-being of the people of our Nation and Arizona. Arizonans don't want to roll back lifesaving EPA's public health and climate protections. Arizona's senators need to protect us. But so far, they have failed to stand up," said Dr. Barbara Warren, Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility Arizona Chapter.

Pruitt will oversee the Trump Administration's attempts to rollback vital environmental and public health protections, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP). If fully implemented, CPP would help combat climate change and cut air pollution, both of which are especially important to do for the 668,611 Arizonans who suffer from asthma.

"When he voted to confirm long-time fossil fuel ally Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Senator Jeff Flake sided with corporate polluters and betrayed his own constituents, a solid majority of whom firmly support the EPA's critically important mission," said Randy Serraglio, Southwest Conservation Advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Speakers concluded by thanking Rep. Grijalva for standing up for the health of Arizonans and called on him to continue his opposition to the Trump Administration's toxic climate agenda.


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