Washington, D.C. –The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action plan, highlighting several of Energy & Commerce Committee Vice Chair Yvette D. Clarke’s bills in helping tackle the progression of the climate crisis. This climate crisis report provides recommendations on how to address this crisis, drawing from several of Clarke’s legislation, including:
- the FEMA Climate Change Preparedness Act
- the BREATHE Act
- the Department of Homeland Security Climate Change Research Act
- the FREEZER Trucks Act
- the Electric Vehicles for Underserved Communities Act
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was created at the outset of the 116th Congress to deliver policy recommendations to other House committees with actionable steps on how to solve the climate crisis.
Clarke said: “I am proud to see my colleagues in the House come together to take meaningful action on the critical issue of climate change and environmental protection. My bills that have been highlighted in the Climate Crisis Action have the potential to be invaluable tools in ensuring our environment is preserved for future generations.”
The Select Committee’s climate action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to:
- Grow our economy and put Americans back to work in clean energy jobs
- Protect the health of all families
- Make sure our communities and farmers can withstand the impacts of climate change
- Protect America’s land and water for the next generation
The report specifically adopts several of Clarke’s recommendations for timely action on environmental issues including transportation electrification, climate change mitigation and preparedness, and regulations to protect air quality and close fossil fuel loopholes.
The Select Committee’s plan would put the country on a path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, if not earlier. It would power economic recovery through clean energy investment and family-sustaining jobs and address the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color.
Clarke is also an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, which was also introduced early this Congress. She continues to take action to curb the climate crisis by preventing the progression of long-term damage to our planet, especially for the sake of Black and Brown communities, like central and south Brooklyn, who are disproportionately impacted by climate change.
The full Select Committee report is viewable here.