U.S. House Democrats Introduce Climate Action Now Act

Climate Action Now Act. Photo: U.S. Congress
Climate Action Now Act. Photo: U.S. Congress

The U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, introduced on March 27 H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The legislation demands action on the climate crisis by ensuring America honors its Paris Agreement commitments and laying the groundwork for further action.

“I am proud to be chairing the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and I am honored to introduce H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act,” U.S. Rep. Castor said. “It was with America’s leadership and engagement that so many nations committed to climate action in the international Paris Agreement. Despite what President Trump has said, America cannot and will not retreat. We will keep our commitments to fight the climate crisis. This is just the start of action by House Democrats in this Congress.”

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“Today, the House Democratic Majority is honoring the will of the people and taking first strong steps to protect our planet and our future. The bill – this is about jobs. It’s about good-paying green jobs. It’s about advancing our economy and our global preeminence in green technology. It’s about health, it’s about public health and clean air and clean water for our children,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

On December 12, 2015, nearly 200 countries, including the United States, China, India, and the European Union signed the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and amplify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.

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On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement – making America the only country to reject the global pact.

The Climate Action Now Act would prohibit any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement.

The legislation would also call on President Trump to develop and make public a plan for how the United States will meet the pollution reduction goals submitted to the world in 2015.

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