LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. The Court restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Water Act, ruling that it cannot regulate wetlands that are isolated from larger bodies of water.
Statement from Mike Young, Political and Organizing Director, California Environmental Voters:
“Once again, the Supreme Court is taking away the EPA’s ability to do its job in the midst of a climate crisis. Its decision to strip the federal government’s authority to protect over 90 million acres of our waters is troubling, especially only a year after the Court limited the EPA’s power under the Clean Air Act.
“Our current Court has made it clear that they are willing to dismantle hallmark environmental protection laws. And if we are going to make climate impacts through Congress, we need a Court that won’t stand in the way.
“It’s time to reform our least democratic federal institution by passing the Judiciary Act and adding four seats to the bench. A Court that prioritizes polluters and endangers low-income and communities of color is not representative of the people. Congress and California leaders must step in and act quickly to protect our waters.”
ABOUT CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL VOTERS
California Environmental Voters (formerly the California League of Conservation Voters) believes the climate crisis is here and this moment requires transformative change. California has the policy solutions to stop climate change but lacks the political will to do it at the rate and scale that’s necessary. EnviroVoters exists to build the political power to solve the climate crisis, advance justice, and create a roadmap for global action. We organize voters, elect and train candidates, and hold lawmakers accountable for bold policy change. We won’t stop until we have resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all. Join us at www.envirovoters.org and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See more press releases.