New Dems Endorse Slate of Bills to Combat Climate Change

June 23, 2021 by Dan McCue
The sun rises amid city smog. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday  endorsed its first slate of bills in the 117th Congress to confront the existential threat of climate change, building on the Coalition’s work to advance an ambitious and actionable policy agenda to attain net-zero emissions by 2050. 

As the House continues to develop legislation in response to the President’s American Jobs Plan, the coalition said it will push for durable policy solutions that leverage every technology and solution available to curb emissions and position the U.S. as the global leader in the climate-forward economy.

 As part of this slate, the coalition endorsed eleven bills, including ten it previously endorsed in the 116th Congress:

  • H.R. 425, To Amend the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007 and to Reauthorize the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program, Reps. Greg Stanton & Marc Veasey
  • H.R. 2656, the National Green Bank Act, Rep. Jim Himes
  • H.R. 3200, the Community Energy Savings Program Act, Rep. Annie Kuster
  • H.R. 2818, the Mitigate Methane Now Act, Reps. Mikie Sherrill and Lisa Blunt Rochester
  • H.R. 2791, the Renewable Energy for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Act, Rep. Ted Lieu and Del. Stacey Plaskett
  • H.R. 2570, the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, Rep. Sean Casten
  • H.Res. 295, The Resolution on the Environmental Goods Agreement, Rep. Suzan DelBene
  • H.R. 1733, the RECLAIM Act of 2021, Rep. Matt Cartwright
  • The Green Neighborhoods Act, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (pending reintroduction, 116th H.R. 8021)
  • H.R. 3892, the National Ocean and Coastal Security Improvements Act, Rep. Don Beyer
  • H.J.Res.34, Congressional Disapproval Resolution to Restore Obama-era Methane Rules, Reps. Diane DeGette, Scott Peters, and Conor Lamb

“Urgent, bold action is essential to curb the worst effects of the climate crisis. The bills New Dems endorsed today will put our country on track to tackle climate change while moving us towards a more sustainable, forward-thinking economy,” said NDC Vice Chair for Policy Scott Peters, of California. 

“Measures that reduce dangerous emissions, like the resolution I helped introduce to restore Obama-era rules to cut methane emissions, are especially key if we are to accomplish net-zero emissions by 2050. We need to embrace solutions that position the U.S. as a leader on these issues and prepare our markets to compete globally,” he added.

Rep. Sean Casten, of Illinois, a co-chair of the coalition’s Climate Change Task Force, said “passing common-sense, market-based solutions to safeguard our financial system against climate change has been a top priority since my first day in Congress.”

“By harnessing the power of free markets, we can speed up the transition to cleaner, cheaper energy and create jobs. Climate action is a win, win, win and … I’m proud to support these crucial pieces of legislation,” he added.

Rep. Susan Wild, of Pennsylvania, the other co-chair of the Climate Change Task Force, said the bills the coalition is endorsing “are not just commonsense, they are urgently necessary.”

“From restoring a strong standard for methane emissions, to improving energy efficiency standards in housing, these bills directly address the climate crisis while advancing pro-market policy solutions that reinforce American leadership in combatting climate change,” Wild said.

Earlier this year, the NDC relaunched its Climate Change Task Force, building on the coalition’s First 100 Day Agenda priority to modernize our infrastructure, combat climate change, and create jobs

Through the Task Force, the NDC continues to develop and advance sustainable policy solutions to tackle climate change, build our clean energy future, and invest in our nation’s preparedness and resilience. 

In The News

Health

Voting

Climate

Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change
Climate
Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change
July 23, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tracy Harden, owner of Chuck’s Dairy Bar in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, told a Senate panel Thursday about how a 2019 flood along the Mississippi River Delta devastated her community. High waters inundated 548,000 acres, nearly half of it cropland. Hundreds of residents in the... Read More

Wildfires in US West Blowing 'So Much Smoke' into East Coast
Climate
Wildfires in US West Blowing 'So Much Smoke' into East Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) away. Strong winds blew... Read More

Greenhouse Gases Heat Up Lawmakers’ Health Concerns
Climate
Greenhouse Gases Heat Up Lawmakers’ Health Concerns
July 21, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The million acres of forest that burned in western states in the past week were a lesser concern for a congressional panel that discussed the hazards of high heat caused by climate change Wednesday. “It’s becoming a routine part of life on the West... Read More

Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
Political News
Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
July 20, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with his Democratic colleagues earlier last week to discuss the proposed budget deal legislation. Democrats are hoping to pass the budget plan using the Senate’s reconciliation process but they will... Read More

Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations
In The States
Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous conflagrations across the U.S. West that are straining resources.  Authorities ordered a new round of evacuations Thursday amid worries... Read More

Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
In The States
Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
July 15, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade. According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, six wildfires across the state are currently burning over 280 thousand acres of land in a devastating... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top