Washington (GGM) Analysis
by Noreen Wise
Our landscapes are awash in an array of greens, as if to remind us of how vitally important it is to be aware that green matters. Daily good green habits will preserve our children’s environment, health and well-being. It’s the equivalent of how conscientious we are when we decide to eat healthy. Constant daily focus. Dozens of small decisions and choices around the clock.
The last week of April was a very big week on the Hill for Climate Action. Not only did Attorney General Bill Barr have to answer tough questions posed by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on May 1 and 2, but the House took a full vote on the Climate Action Now Act – HR9… which they easily passed. The Bill is now sitting on the Senate floor, collecting dust. locked by Mitch McConnell.
HR9: To direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, and for other purposes.
HR9 will give the President 120 days to submit the United States Climate Action plan to assigned congressional committees as well as to the American people.
- House Committees: Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce
- Senate Committees: Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Energy and Natural Resources
The Climate Action Now Act requires that the President’s strategy explain:
- How the United States will accomplish it’s contribution to the global target of an economy-wide lowering of greenhouse gas emissions by 26 – 28% by 2025; the targeted percent is the reduction below the 2005 level
- How the United States will make use of the transparency provisions contained within the Paris Agreement to confirm that other parties have achieved their contribution
- Every year the President will be required to update the United States Climate Action plan and submit to the aforementioned committees and the American people
We’re all in this together. The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 and signed by 175 nations across the globe.
We can do this. TELL CONGRESS to vote YES to HR9. Global Warming and Climate Change is apolitical. It’s our common ground. HR9 is the one bill that should get a unanimous YES vote on both sides of the aisle.
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