SEEC Leaders heed President Biden’s call-to-action on climate

March 1, 2022
Press Release

Washington D.C. – The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Doris Matsui, and Paul Tonko and Vice-Chairs Reps. Matt Cartwright, Alan Lowenthal, A. Donald McEachin, Chellie Pingree, and Mike Quigley, released the following statement after President Biden called on Congress to pass transformational climate and clean energy policies in his State of the Union address.

“We stand with President Biden and hear his call-to-action that Congress must pass transformational climate and clean energy policies without delay.

“As the tragic situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, one thing that has been made clear is that the world can no longer afford to rely on fossil fuels controlled by autocratic states. This rallying cry for a clean energy revolution was further strengthened yesterday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report that the dangers of climate change are increasing more rapidly than the world’s governments can keep up with.

“In the face of this, we are immensely proud of the historic steps the 117th Congress has already taken to pass meaningful climate and environmental justice policies. The landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes a plethora of important investments that will revitalize our communities, such as those targeted at lead pipe removal, abandoned mine reclamation, and wildfire risk reduction. It also includes crucial investments to help jumpstart the clean energy revolution, including in critical mineral research, grid modernization, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and battery manufacturing.

“In the House, we also passed a historic $555 billion climate package that would build off of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create a nationwide clean economy that is on the path to net zero emissions. These investments would create hundreds of thousands of good green jobs here at home as well as save hundreds of dollars annually in energy costs for the average American family. We heard the president’s message loud and clear that we must finish the work the House started and get these climate investments signed into law.

“Additionally, we’re greatly pleased that after one year in office the Biden Administration has already made significant progress in repealing and replacing the destructive environmental regulations imposed by the Trump Administration, which hindered our nation’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas pollution and placed our environment in jeopardy.

“Our resolve to keep pushing for policies that will put our country on the path to a clean and sustainable energy future was buoyed by President Biden’s speech tonight. The climate crisis we face demands nothing less.”