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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Co-Sponsors Legislation Calling on Trump to Maintain Commitment to Paris Agreement

Feb 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), joined Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and 29 co-sponsors in introducing a resolution calling on the Trump Administration to maintain the commitments the United States has made to addressing climate change through the Paris Agreement. The resolution highlights rising global temperatures, including 2016’s status as the hottest year on record, and the need for the country to address the enormous threat posed by climate change while embracing the economic potential of green technology.

“The United States’ participation in the historic Paris Agreement honors our nation’s responsibility to be an active and ardent leader in the fight against climate change,” said Rep. Quigley, Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition. “Despite the efforts of misguided climate change skeptics in the Trump Administration, we cannot renege on our duty to protect our shared global environment. Doing so would directly impact working families in Chicago and across the country by harming public health, hindering opportunities for economic activity and innovation, and threatening our national security.”

“The reality of climate change is not up for debate, and its consequences must not be either,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, who introduced the resolution. “As a country, we face the choice of denying this existential threat, and the economic potential of addressing it, or embracing the challenge before us through developing technology to ensure not only the health of our planet, but the enduring strength of our economy. If we abandon our commitments made in Paris, we will cede the leadership of the green economy to China and other nations.”

During his time in Congress, Rep. Quigley has been a stalwart protector of the environment. Most recently, he spoke to colleagues addressing the urgent realities of climate change and to students and faculty at Northwestern University on the importance of continued climate action in the face of climate denial. After the crisis in Flint, Michigan, he partnered with members of both the House and Senate to help keep children living in public housing safe from toxic lead exposure.  He also visited Chicago’s Loyola University to discuss how to implement more bird-safe measures for campus buildings, secured funding for urban flooding measures to help safeguard millions of Chicagoland residents, and introduced legislation to help scientists protect Great Lakes fishery system. Last year, Rep. Quigley toured Chicago to hear from local environmental experts and visit projects geared at reducing Chicago’s contributions to global climate change and preparing to handle already inevitable climate impacts.