Combating Climate Change
It is long past time to seriously examine how climate change is affecting our communities, environment and economy, and take action to reduce its harmful effects. We are committed to combating climate change, and we will continue to fight Trump Administration efforts that only make it worse.
- Preventing Trump from withdrawing from landmark Paris Climate Agreement: Passed through Full Committee H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which prevents President Trump from withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement and requires him to submit a plan for meeting our obligations under that accord so that we can be a global leader in combating climate change. The bill was passed by the House on May 2 by a role call vote of 231 - 190
- Holding climate change hearings for the first time in six years: The Committee has held four hearings specifically on climate change, and a total of seven hearings on subjects impacting our changing climate, after the previous Republican majority refused to schedule a single hearing on the global crisis over the last six years. To date, the specific climate hearings examined the environmental and economic effects of climate change, filling the leadership void caused by federal inaction, state and local leaders’ response to the climate crisis, and best pathways for completely decarbonizing the U.S. economy.
- Announcing a bold new plan to combat the climate crisis: In July the Committee announced it is adopting a bold new target in its fight against climate change – achieving a 100 percent clean economy by 2050. This ambitious target of net zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050 is consistent with the global scientific community’s consensus that meeting this target is necessary to avoid the most catastrophic effects of the climate crisis. To ensure this goal is met, the Committee announced a series of hearings to begin drafting and build consensus around new, comprehensive climate legislation aimed at attaining “100 by 50.”
- Holding an ongoing series of hearings to determine how best to meet our “100 by 50” commitment: Both the Environment & Climate Change and Energy Subcommittees are holding hearings on decarbonizing the U.S. economy in their effort to develop comprehensive “100 by 50” climate legislation. To date, five hearings have been held, each one focused on policy solutions for achieving net zero carbon pollution in the following: the full economy, the industrial sector, the building sector, the heavy duty vehicles sector and the power sector.
- Rebuilding America through a comprehensive infrastructure package that combats climate change: Committee Democrats introduced the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act, which combats climate change by investing more than $33 billion for clean energy. On May 22, the Committee held a Full Committee hearing to discuss the bill and how it will move us toward a clean energy future.
- Investing in energy efficiency, which helps address climate change by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas pollution emitted into the air: Favorably reported out of the Full Committee ten energy bills to the full House of Representatives that will make our country’s energy infrastructure more efficient, help develop energy workforce and enhance the security of our nation’s energy infrastructure.
- Demanding answers from Department of Energy on missed energy efficiency standards deadlines: Energy Efficiency Standards not only save consumers money on their energy bills, they are also a critical tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On March 7, the Energy Subcommittee held a hearing with Department of Energy officials demanding to know why they are failing to finalize or update 16 different efficiency standards as required by law.
- Holding EPA accountable for their rollback of climate change policies: In February the Committee renewed their demand for information related to EPA’s plans to roll back the Clean Power Plan, fuel economy standards and the methane rule – three Obama-era rules critical to limiting carbon emissions and combating climate change.
- Demanding answers for EPA’s efforts to roll back Clean Air Standards: In January the Committee demanded documents and information related to EPA’s proposed rollback of mercury and air toxics standards, which a Harvard University study found would result in the deaths of 80,000 more Americans each decade. In May, the Committee again held EPA accountable with an oversight hearing on the agency’s efforts to undermine mercury protections.