Congressional Climate Champions in the House and Senate Applaud Local Action on Display at the Global Climate Action Summit

Sep 12, 2018 Issues: Climate Change

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Climate Change Task Force and the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) joined together to send a letter to the co-chairs of the Global Climate Action Summit in California expressing support for the goals of the San Francisco Summit and their commitment to fighting for climate policies in Congress. The Senate Climate Change Task Force is chaired by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition is led by Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Gerry Connolly, and Paul Tonko and Vice-Chairs Reps Matt Cartwright, Jared Polis, Chellie Pingree, Alan Lowenthal and Mike Quigley. In total more than sixty members of Congress joined together to send this letter.

“We are encouraged by the actions at the state and local levels and from the business and investor communities to address climate change,” say the authors. “Leadership across all parts of our society will enable us to stay within reach of the emissions reductions we need to honor our international climate commitments and fulfill the promise we made to the world through the Paris Agreement.”

The authors go on to say: “Here in Congress, we will continue to work towards comprehensive federal policies that reduce carbon emissions to meet our climate goals. We will continue to support U.S. engagement and membership in the Paris Agreement. We will keep up the fight against the continued rollbacks of domestic climate policies and regulations by the Trump administration. We look forward to working with you to protect current and future generations from the risks of a changing climate, and to usher in a new era of economic opportunity through the transition to a clean energy future.”

You can find the text of the letter here.