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They tried to bury it

First, President Trump and his administration tried to bury the National Climate Assessment by releasing it on Black Friday - when they thought we wouldn't notice. Then, Trump came out and said he didn't believe his own government's climate report. His top administration officials in the EPA and Department of the Interior joined the president in criticizing the findings of the National Climate Assessment - even though their own scientists participated in writing it.

Meanwhile, hurricanes, storms, and wildfires that scientists link to global warming have caused staggering damage and unimaginable hardship in California, Puerto Rico, and around the globe.

It's no surprise that Trump appointees echo fossil fuel industry talking points. Their cavalier dismissal of the harm to public health, the environment, and the economy is categorically irresponsible.

Americans overwhelmingly believe the science: the hazards of climate change are urgent and severe.

We must take immediate and bold action to combat climate change and create a clean energy economy that works for everyone.

Oregon has been a leader in creating jobs while protecting the environment. The nation and the world can look to our state for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

The new Democratic majority in the House will have the power to take immediate steps to develop a green energy economy. Investing in clean, renewable energy is economically sound and environmentally essential.

Thank you for standing with me,

Posted on December 11, 2018.