Sen. Chris Coons released a statement March 28 in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on energy independence.

“I am deeply concerned by this latest action by the Trump administration to reverse our efforts to protect our national security, our environment and our economy by working to address and reverse the impacts of climate change,” Coons said. “The United States has long been a global leader in the effort to fight climate change, and U.S. leadership made it possible to bring 195 countries, including China, together on an international climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2015. While the White House has not signaled whether it intends for the U.S. to remain in the Paris Agreement, the Trump administration’s actions today are yet another step backwards undermining our commitments to address climate change and embrace a clean energy future.

“In the past, President Trump has rejected scientific consensus on climate change. Recently, the president said he’d revisit the fuel economy standards, which have made American cars cleaner and more fuel-efficient, and today, the administration issued an executive order that seeks to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. I am also very concerned about the administration’s actions on issues like methane emissions and the social cost of carbon accounting for federal projects. These shortsighted actions are a clear departure from the commitments the United States has made to its own citizens and the world, and it is a signal that this administration intends to cede our global position on climate change leadership. I have no doubt that it will be increasingly difficult to bring American innovation to emerging clean energy markets around the world when we do not strive for a clean energy future at home. The Trump administration clearly isn’t concerned with evidence-based policymaking, but the evidence here is overwhelming: ignoring the threat of climate change is bad for our economy, harmful to our environment and dangerous for our national security.”