Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s Assault on the Endangered Species Act

August 13, 2019
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced major changes to the way that the Endangered Species Act is applied, which will drastically weaken protections for endangered and threatened species and force scientists to consider economic and business interests while ignoring the impacts of climate change:

"The Trump Administration’s staggering special interest handout perfectly showcases its utter disdain for science and the future.

"From Day One, this Administration has put the special interests ahead of the public interest.  This latest disastrous decision deals a devastating blow to our natural inheritance and shamefully abandons our moral responsibility to be good stewards of our planet and its precious resources, all to help out big corporations and polluters — just days after the United Nations warned that our natural world is under 'unprecedented threat.'

"House Democrats will continue to be relentless in our work to combat the climate crisis, and to our protect clean air, clean water and the beauty of God’s creation for generations to come."