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Wheeler’s Confirmation to Head EPA Hurts the Latino Community

02.28.2019

For Immediate Release
February 28, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org

     

Wheeler’s Confirmation to Head EPA Hurts the Latino Community

Andrew Wheeler’s abysmal record speaks for itself


The Senate voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 52-47 vote. Wheeler had been leading the EPA since his predecessor Scott Pruitt forcefully resigned amid intense ethic scandals.

Mi Familia Vota  issued the following statement:

During his time heading the EPA, Wheeler continued to weaken or repeal regulations that endanger our health and environment. In spite of growing support for climate action, Wheeler has reversed our progress on policies that contribute to climate change and other environmental hazards, which will severely negatively impact our nation and the Latino community. His actions include weakening car emission standards, crippling the Clean Power Plan that was intended to limit carbon emissions, and he has recently proposed to change the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States rule to favor business development. The public has already lost confidence in Wheeler’s disposition to protect our air, land, water, or human health. The Senate has acted against our best interests.

Our country needs an EPA administrator who will fulfil the mission of the EPA- Andrew Wheeler has already demonstrated that he will prioritize industry and short term profits over our wellbeing and long-term, environmentally sustainable economic opportunities, while putting at risk our health and the health of our families. The Latino community’s electoral participation is growing, we will continue to support local, state, and federal candidates who will work and vote to protect our environment.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.