Washington—Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in opposition to Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency:
“As acting administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has given us a glimpse of how harmful his tenure would be if confirmed. Instead of positioning the EPA to aggressively tackle climate change, Wheeler has dismantled many of the hard-won climate programs already in place.
“A former fossil fuel lobbyist, Wheeler has consistently worked against the public interest to advance an anti-environmental agenda. As the author of the Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act, I’m particularly troubled by his attacks on clean car standards, which are set to rise to more than 50 mpg by 2025 for new cars and SUVs.
“To weaken the vehicle emission standards, he proposes tearing up the agreement between California and the federal government, which will spark years of costly litigation and unnecessary chaos in the marketplace.
“Throughout his career, Andrew Wheeler has shown a clear disregard for the EPA’s mission to protect the public and environment. We don’t need another anti-environment crusader leading the very agency tasked with enforcing our environmental laws.”