BRUNSWICK — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement after the Supreme Court rolled back the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate harmful emissions and combat climate change:

“Climate change is a looming threat to humanity, and scientists of all backgrounds overwhelmingly agree we need every tool at our disposal to turn back an impending disaster. But today, the activist conservative majority on the Supreme Court has significantly limited our ability to regulate dangerous carbon emissions.

“This is the latest ideologically driven opinion from this Court, and the ruling opens the door for it to strike down other vital regulations; our nation and planet are less safe due to their judicial activism and heedlessness to the real-world results of their actions. Unfortunately, the three Justices advanced by the previous administration continue to validate my decisions to oppose their confirmations.

“Now, it’s up to Congress to get to work and clean up their mess. I sit at Edmund Muskie’s desk — the desk where he negotiated, argued, and pushed the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts into existence. In the months ahead, I will be carrying his legacy forward among my colleagues and reminding them of our sacred responsibility to protect our country and our planet for future generations.”

Senator Angus King is an Independent, representing Maine in the U.S. Senate.