Urgent Message from NH Audubon President and Board

Posted on January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017: A CALL TO ACTION

NH Audubon Opposes Nomination of Pruitt to Lead EPA

After careful consideration, the New Hampshire Audubon Board of Trustees has unanimously agreed to publicly oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the next Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A vote on Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation could happen at any time. Join NH Audubon, today, in sending a message to Washington that Mr. Pruitt is the wrong choice to lead the EPA.

The agency was founded by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to protect human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. For nearly five decades the EPA has been responsible for setting and monitoring standards for air pollution, water pollution, hazardous wastes, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals.

As Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt fought against well-established regulations that protect clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. His record and public statements clearly indicate that he has little regard either for science or for the mission of the EPA. These values and actions are antithetical to NH Audubon’s mission to protect our natural environment for wildlife and for people.

We made this decision for two critical reasons. First, as a science-based organization focused on protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, we recognize that climate change is a primary global threat to their persistence. Mr. Pruitt has frequently and consistently made statements and taken actions that indicate he does not believe in this threat.

Climate change also threatens New Hampshire’s most critical economic interests. As winters warm, our recreational economies such as skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are affected by reduced snow and ice cover. Our rural economies, such as maple sugar production, forestry, and agriculture are also threatened by changing seasonal patterns and reduced pollinator populations. The science is clear:  our natural environment and our local economies are threatened by climate change.

Second, our State needs clean water and clean air to support our wildlife, our families, and our economic base.  The EPA has taken science-based steps to address multiple threats to public health and environmental integrity.  We believe that Mr. Pruitt’s attacks on environmental regulations, including those that would limit climate change, should disqualify him from assuming leadership of the EPA.

This is an unprecedented action for NH Audubon, and the decision has not been made lightly. Never before has this organization opposed, much less publically opposed, a Presidential appointment. However, we believe that this nomination is unprecedented in the degree to which Mr. Pruitt is unsuitable for the position.

We urge our members and supporters to join us in immediately contacting Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Maggie Hassan to voice opposition to Mr. Pruitt’s nomination to lead the US EPA.

Email link to contact Senator Maggie Hassan

Email link to contact Senator Jeanne Shaheen