Combating Climate Change
The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime, and it is long past time that we aggressively tackle it. We are committed to fighting to significantly reduce climate pollution, create a clean energy future that produces millions of good-paying American jobs, and prioritize the needs of environmental justice communities.
- Committee leaders introduce the CLEAN Future Act to aggressively tackle the climate crisis this decade and achieve net zero greenhouse gas pollution: The CLEAN Future Act was introduced on March 2, 2021, and would achieve net zero greenhouse gas pollution no later than 2050, with an interim target of reducing pollution by 50 percent from 2005 levels no later than 2030.
- Held legislative hearings on the CLEAN Future Act as the Committee prepares to act on climate: As of June 29, 2021, the Committee has held seven legislative hearings to examine how the CLEAN Future Act will be a job creator, modernize our power sector, protect environmental justice and frontline communities, decarbonize our transportation sector, ensure safe and equitable environmental cleanups, ensure drinking water is safe and clean, and delivering clean power to people.
- Restored commonsense methane pollution standards: On June 10, 2021, the full Committee held a markup on H.J. Res. 34, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 Methane Recission Rule. This Trump EPA Action removed direct federal limits on methane pollution from new and modified oil and gas facilities, which increased pollution and exacerbated the climate crisis. The House then passed S.J. Res. 14, the Senate version of the joint resolution and President Biden signed it into law on June 30, 2021.
- Passed the INVEST in America Act that invests in electric vehicle infrastructure and deployment and a clean energy technology accelerator: On July 1, 2021, the House passed H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, by a bipartisan vote of 221-201. The final legislation included critical provisions from the CLEAN Future Act, including provisions to supercharge our electric vehicle infrastructure and invest in a clean energy technology accelerator that will launch an exciting new era of clean energy.