EPA employees defy agency, rally for climate action in Logan Circle

Pat Loeb
August 28, 2018 - 3:47 pm
Flora Cardoni, climate defender campaign director of PennEnvironment,speaks about climate change at a rally in Logan Circle.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency's Philadelphia office defied their own agency Tuesday, leading to a rally condemning the agency's current policies. 

A few dozen people braved the searing noon heat to gather in Logan Circle and urge action on climate change. 

Flora Cardoni, climate defender campaign director of PennEnvironment, took advantage of the brutal temperature to illustrate the point.

"We can see the impacts of a warming climate every day, including today in Philadelphia, where the heat index is over 100," she said.

Rather than try to halt or reverse those effects, Cardoni noted the Trump administration has proposed rolling back new fuel efficiency standards and the Clean Power Plan from the Obama administration. 

But Gary Morton with the American Federation of Government Employees pledged that his members — engineers, scientists and other EPA workers — would act as a last line of defense.

"We're taking up arms to defend EPA's legal authority and scientific mandate to regulate carbon emissions," he said.

Morton noted the union recently won a battle against the administration, winning a court decision to halt an executive order that sought to weaken federal employee unions.