Earthjustice Slams Congressional Votes on Anti-Environmental Bills

"This week’s votes are the anti-Earth week nobody asked for."


Geoffrey Nolan,

Today, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives is set to vote on more anti-environment legislation that would open even more of our public lands to dirty mining operations and oil and gas drilling. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s votes to remove federal protections for gray wolves, reverse protections for the Boundary Waters, rescind President Biden’s public lands rule, and allow hunters and anglers to continue using dangerous lead-based ammunition. In the middle of these actions, Earthjustice Legislative Director of the Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans Program Addie Haughey issued the following statement:

“This week’s votes are the anti-Earth week nobody asked for. Instead of working on real solutions to address climate change, environmental injustices, and biodiversity loss, this Congress is continuing to waste our time with cruel policies and polluter handouts. From yesterday’s votes attacking wolf protections and encouraging the use of toxic leaded ammunition, to today’s votes to reverse important conservation protections and open our public lands to polluting industries, it seems that House leadership is more concerned with serving the interests of polluters over the people. Instead of pointless messaging bills that have no chance of becoming law, we urge Congress to focus on the solutions we need to confront the modern challenges we face.”

See an overview of the bills on the floor this week.

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