Being a Good Neighbor

Hi Neighbor,

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. A beautiful day for a neighbor.

The Supreme Court made a necessary, sensible decision this week to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Good Neighbor rule, ensuring states work together with their downwind neighbors to reduce polluted air that drifts across state lines.

Delaware is, unfortunately, located at the end of what I call “America’s tailpipe.” Other states’ dirty emissions drift east, causing pollution that Delaware cannot regulate. During my time as governor, I learned firsthand that despite their best efforts, downwind states cannot clean up their air alone.

Protecting our environment and the health of millions of Americans, including thousands of children with respiratory issues in Delaware, should be everyone’s goal. We’re all in this together.

I always try to live my life by the Golden Rule, to treat others the way I want to be treated. This week’s common-sense ruling ensures that all states follow the Golden Rule for clean air – making sure we all do our part to be better neighbors and clean up air pollution.

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