Washington, DC – Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive plan that delineates a framework for congressional climate action on combating the climate crisis. Several of Congresswoman Brownley’s bills were highlighted in the report as important policy initiatives.
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
- Preserve America’s land and water for the next generation
“This report is the most comprehensive report on the impact of climate change and how to address it in the history of Congress. It lays out a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and establish the next innovative steps for the country,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “The report looks at different factors that contribute or are affected by the climate crisis – from agriculture and transportation, to local, national, and global economies, to national security, and to the resiliency of our communities to wildfires and our coastline to sea level rise.
“Our report lays out a roadmap for addressing climate change in all of our legislative work moving forward. I am proud to have several of my bills included in this plan, which will better equip the United States to face the climate crisis.”
“House Democrats recognize that we have the moral imperative to meet this moment with a bold climate action plan to reduce carbon pollution, create much-needed jobs to rebuild our economy, and tackle the systemic injustice of environmental racism head-on,” said Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Brownley’s bills included by the Committee in the Climate Crisis Action Plan are:
- Green Energy for Federal Buildings Act (H.R. 5142), which would require the federal government to increase its use of renewable energy to 100% by 2050.
- Green Federal Fleet Act (H.R. 5653), which would require passenger vehicles purchased or leased by the federal government be zero-emission vehicles
- Safe and Friendly for the Environment (SAFE) Streets Act (H.R. 3040), which would improve the allocation of safety funding to make our roadways safer for those who bike and walk to school or work.
- Green Bus Act of 2019 (H.R. 2164), which increases funds for zero emission transit buses and requires all new buses purchased with FTA funds be zero-emission beginning on October 1, 2029.
- Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program (ATVM) Reform Act (H.R. 5860), which will provide incentives for zero-emission vehicle manufacturing for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
- H.R. 5504, legislation to address dam safety at high hazard dams that pose significant risks to local communities.
- Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act (H.R. 6023), which would provide incentives for farmers to adopt composting as a conservation practice.
The Select Committee’s plan would put the country on a path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050. 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.
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 on how to solve the climate crisis.
See the full report, here.