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Quigley Speaks at “Still In” Rally, Calls for the U.S. to Stay in Paris Climate Agreement

Nov 14, 2017
Press Release
Quigley: You Must Speak Truth to Power

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice-Chair of the House Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), spoke at the #StillIn Rally in support of the United States continued participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. As of last week, the United States in the only country in the world that has not committed itself to the historic agreement. See Rep. Quigley’s full remarks below.

Last May, I was in the Rocky Mountains with our friends, the League of Conservation Voters, on a climate tour.

And as we looked at the ravages of our National Parks from climate change, there were pine trees that were gray skeletons covering the entire hillside because the beetles aren’t dying – they’re thriving under climate change.

At that particular time, we were at the head waters of the Colorado River and we learned that a one percent change from snow to rain means a dramatic decrease in access to water for seven states from the Colorado River.

For that reason and so many others, we in Chicago are still in, baby.

I have and will continue to challenge [EPA Administrator] Pruitt to a debate, because he’s still of the unique belief that there’s no such thing as climate change.

So if you’re listening, Mr. Pruitt, anywhere, anytime. We’ll let the facts handle the situation.

You’ve got to appreciate what my colleagues and I are dealing with. It’s the same thing you [advocates] are.

We serve with people who don’t believe in climate change. We serve with people who don’t believe in science. We serve with people who don’t believe in evolution. We serve with people who believe that dinosaurs trotted upon humans. And if it were against their political beliefs, they would question the laws of gravity and we would all be floating here in our minds.

You must continue to speak out against this nonsense. You must speak truth to power. You must speak science. You must speak the facts – before it is too late.

I’ll close by reminding us that my president, President Obama, said this is the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last one [who can] do anything about it.

Thank you so much for your efforts.