Statement From Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan on Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

October 9, 2017

Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration puts the United States government further out of step with the growing and irreversible global momentum to address climate change.

American ingenuity and industry are continuing to lead efforts to take the U.S. into a prosperous, clean-energy future. Already entrepreneurs, communities, cities, states and businesses are making historic commitments to climate action. The one missing part is ending the destruction of forests, which results in as much carbon pollution as all cars and trucks on Earth and yet is generally overlooked as a solution. Investing in the carbon stored and captured in forests and scaling up clean technologies is far better for our future than investing in dirty emissions from a last-century fuel.

Together, we can meet America’s commitments to the Paris Agreement with or without the Trump Administration, but only if we stop the destruction of our natural world.

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