Statement by Fred Krupp on the Passing of Congressman John Dingell, Environmental Champion

February 8, 2019
Keith Gaby, (202) 572-3336,

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman John Dingell. His remarkable leadership led to the enactment of some of the most consequential environmental laws in our nation’s history. It is no exaggeration to say that through his work, millions of lives were saved.

“America is a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous place because of John Dingell. It is also a more just nation because of his leadership in passing civil rights and voting rights legislation. While we did not agree on everything, I always knew he sought a better America. He was a leader of the old school—seeking true progress, principled compromise, and durable solutions. And he did so with a grace and wit that will be profoundly missed.

“I will never forget the day I spent hours with him as he gave me a very personal guided tour of the Detroit Auto Show. His devotion to the industry, manufacturing in America, as well as for the need to develop more modern vehicles were all quite apparent. 

“Our air and water are dramatically cleaner, our wildlife and wild lands more protected, and our future more secure because he—for so long and with such high purpose—walked the halls of Congress. His legacy will be open space, clean air, and healthy kids.”

  • Fred Krupp, President of EDF

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