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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.

 

  • The House-passed Build Back Better Act combats climate change:  The legislation will help us create a clean energy future while also producing millions of good-paying jobs.  The Build Back Better Act:
    • Invests in the creation of a $29 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that will support the rapid deployment of low- and zero-emission technologies;
    • Invests more than $15 billion in multiple loan and grant programs at the Department of Energy to support development of innovative technologies and American manufacturing of zero emission transportation technologies;
    • Creates climate pollution reduction grants by investing $5 billion through Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for states, municipalities, and Indian Tribes to develop and implement plans to reduce climate pollution;
    • Invests $2.9 billion into creating a 21st Century energy grid capable of ensuring the reliable delivery of clean energy throughout the United States;
    • Supports electric vehicles through investments of $1 billion in zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure as we transition to zero-emissions vehicles;
    • Helps replace heavy-duty vehicles, such as refuse trucks and school buses, with zero emission vehicles through an investment of $5 billion in a new grant program at EPA;
    • Invests $12.5 billion in home energy efficiency and appliance electrification rebates, which will help reduce energy usage; and
    • Establishes the Methane Emissions Reduction Program to control excess methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, which is important since methane pollution is accelerating the pace of climate change and harming the health of our families and communities.

 

  • Democrats invest in clean energy and grid resiliency:  On February 4, 2022, the House passed the America COMPETES Act by a vote of 222-210.  The bill lays the foundation to guarantee America leads the global economy and ensures the United States doesn’t rely on other countries for critical goods by investing:
    • $3 billion to fund the establishment of a domestic solar manufacturing supply chain; and
    • $375 million to reduce the vulnerability of the electric grid.

 

  • President Biden signs bipartisan infrastructure bill into law following House passageThis bipartisan infrastructure bill will begin to modernize our crumbling infrastructure, revitalize our economy, create good paying jobs, enhance our competitiveness, and combat the worsening climate crisis.  The once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure:
    • Modernizes our power infrastructure by investing $73 billion to build thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy – this is the single largest investment in clean energy transmission in American history;
    • Accelerates the adoption of electric vehicles to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs by investing $7.5 billion to build out a national network of EV chargers, including in rural, disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities; and
    • Reduces pollution by investing $5 billion in zero emission and low emission buses so that we can replace the yellow school bus fleet with thousands of new, clean, American-made buses.  It also invests $2.5 billion for ferries.

 

  • 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.