Sen. Tom Carper released a statement Oct. 11 after voting against the confirmation of Jeffrey Bossert Clark to be assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“The person serving in this position must uphold and enforce our nation’s environmental laws without reservation or ideology. Although Mr. Clark does have experience in the environmental space, his record at both DOJ and in private practice shows him to have strong opposition to critical environmental protections, including EPA’s efforts to curb climate change, using best available science in policymaking and safety requirements for offshore oil and gas operations. The American people expect and deserve much better from the nation’s top environmental lawyer,” said Carper.