Congresswoman Johnson Co-Sponsors The Climate Action Now Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today co-sponsored H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, House Democrats’ new legislation that would require the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord and to develop a serious plan for how the United States will meet its commitment to reduce pollution.
”It is not an exaggeration to say that climate change is one of the greatest challenges confronting our nation,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “On the Science Committee, we have already heard from scientists about the reality of human-induced climate change and its impacts. Those impacts are affecting our economy, our national security, and our quality of life. The increased frequency of extreme weather events in recent years is just one reminder of the growing cost of inaction on addressing climate change.”
The Climate Action Now Act would prohibit any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the landmark Paris Agreement. It also calls on the President to develop and make public a plan for how the United States will meet our commitment to reduce pollution. Despite the President’s unilateral declaration withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement and his refusal to take the threat of the climate crisis seriously, the United States remains obligated to uphold our commitments to our global partners.
“The Paris Agreement was a significant step forward in bringing the international community together to address climate change, and I was proud that the United States played a critical role in forging the agreement under the Obama Administration,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is both misguided and ill-advised. Rather than pretend that human-induced climate change doesn’t exist, we need to do all we can to work to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.”
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