John Warner Was a Principled Defender of Our Nation, Our Environment

Statement by Fred Krupp, president, Environmental Defense Fund

May 26, 2021
Keith Gaby, (202) 572-3336,

“The nation and the environment have lost a great defender with the passing of Senator John Warner. Senator Warner showed us how politics could be – civil, bipartisan, principled. He was willing to join with those he disagreed with if it meant progress for our common future.

“He put country over party especially when he saw consequences for his children and grandchildren. For two decades he served on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and was a key co-sponsor of the historic 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, which did so much to bring about a healthier future for us all. In 2007, John worked across the aisle and with EDF on the Climate Security Act to put the country on a path to a cleaner future.

“Since his retirement from the Senate, he repeatedly used his influence to advance the cause of environmental protection. His guidance was invaluable as we worked to make progress in and out of Washington, DC. John Warner never failed to answer the call, willing to use the enormous respect he earned to further the search for climate solutions. He will be greatly missed.”

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