Sen. Carper: “A voice of reason and champion for progress”

WASHINGTON - Four-term U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced today that he will retire when his term ends in 2025.

Christy Goldfuss, chief policy impact officer for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), made the following statement:

“Sen. Carper has been a voice of reason and a champion for progress. He was a leader in ushering in the strongest climate action ever - the Inflation Reduction Act. He recognized, early on, the need to cut leaks of methane - a powerful climate-wrecking pollutant - from industrial oil and gas operations. He was key to passing landmark 2020 legislation to phase down the climate super-pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. 

“Just last week, he introduced legislation to create the modern federal review and approval process we need to support the clean energy build-out at the scale and pace required to confront the climate crisis. He’s stood up for clean water and clean air over the course of a career devoted to holding polluters to account and leaving our children a livable world. His successor will have giant shoes to fill in building on that legacy.”

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Established in 1970, NRDC uses science, policy, law, and people power to confront the climate crisis, protect public health, and safeguard nature. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, Beijing and Delhi (an office of NRDC India Pvt. Ltd). Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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