My letter to editor of LI Advance was published this week- 2/16/2017
Voting to loosen standards on oil and gas industries
Where is Congressman Zeldin on the environment?
Two weeks ago I visited Congressman Zeldin’s office to talk with a staff member about my concerns. He assured me that Congressman Zeldin has a great record on the environment. I could rest easy that he was protecting our coastlines as best he could from rising sea levels. Within a week of that meeting he voted with the Republican majority to block standards that protect us from dangerous climate pollution from the oil and gas industry on public lands. Yes those public lands are far away but those emissions add to global warming and therefore to our rising sea levels.
So where is Congressman Zeldin on the environment? I believe he needs to do more that just vote on our immediate environmental concerns on Long Island. He needs to look at the bigger picture and the future. He can’t have a “great record” on the environment and vote to weaken federal standards on clean water and air.