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Jul 31
Press Release
"From investing in scientific research and energy innovation, to boosting funding for transit and infrastructure, my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee made sure taxpayer dollars will help communities across America become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. This funding will also help us mitigate the costly effects the climate crisis has on our nation, especially on vulnerable communities."
Jul 15
Press Release
“Shame on this president for continuing to turn his back on the health of American families. For decades, the National Environmental Policy Act has given vulnerable communities a means to protect their health and make their voices heard when polluters want to set up shop in their neighborhoods,” said Chair Castor.
Jun 30
Press Release
“Our plan will put people back to work and rebuild in a way that benefits all of us. That means environmental justice and our vulnerable communities are at the center of the solutions we propose. The health of our families and the air we breathe are at the heart of our plan. We chart the course to good-paying jobs in solar and wind energy, in manufacturing American-made electric vehicles, and in strengthening communities, so they are more resilient to flooding, extreme heat, intense hurricanes and wildfires.”

Invest in American Agriculture for Climate Solutions

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:22am -- Anonymous (not verified)

America’s farmers and ranchers can be active partners in solving the climate crisis by sequestering carbon in their soils and adopting climate stewardship practices. Many are already providing valuable climate and ecosystems benefits, but they need the federal government’s support to do it at scale. Congress must invest generously in financial and technical assistance, education, and research to encourage agricultural producers to implement climate-smart agriculture practices.

Build and Upgrade Homes and Businesses to Maximize Energy Efficiency and Eliminate Emissions

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:21am -- VNGUYEN

Because states and local governments largely have authority over the design and construction of buildings, the federal government can best facilitate building decarbonization by providing financial incentives and technical support, while setting goals and requirements for the federal building stock. These policies will boost local economic development, create high-quality, good-paying jobs, and improve quality of life, especially for disproportionately exposed, frontline, and vulnerable communities.

Support Cutting-Edge Carbon Removal and Capture Technologies with Clear Climate Benefits

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:20am -- VNGUYEN

The scale of the climate crisis demands that we use all available tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as fast as possible. The United States should prioritize a transition to clean energy while encouraging CCUS and DAC to remove excess past emissions, reduce emissions from hard-to-abate sectors, and support the developing world’s efforts to decarbonize. These measures must achieve clear climate benefits and be part of an overall strategy to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Strengthen Climate Science as the Foundation for Climate Action

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:05am -- VNGUYEN

The United States must invest in a strong climate science enterprise and expand Earth monitoring programs that form the basis for projections of climate-related risk. The long-term strength of climate science will also depend on investing in a talented and diverse STEM workforce and safeguarding scientific integrity and science-informed federal policy.

Reduce Climate Disaster Risks and Accelerate Recovery

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:03am -- VNGUYEN

Congress should confront the nation’s rising disaster risks with a unified, all-of-government approach that helps communities make smarter land use decisions; rewards use of risk-based building codes and standards for land use and development; and invests in resilience before disasters strike. Congress also must prioritize assistance to frontline communities and accelerate the pace of recovery so that communities rebuild stronger.

Build a Clean and Resilient Electric Grid to Drive Economy-wide Decarbonization by Midcentury

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:18pm -- VNGUYEN

Congressional action remains imperative to foster innovation and drive clean energy deployment and infrastructure investment, including to modernize and expand the electric grid; correct failures in wholesale power markets; and ensure that low-income communities, communities of color, and deindustrialized communities reap the benefits of a cleaner, more resilient power sector. 

Invest in Disproportionately Exposed Communities to Cut Pollution and Advance Environmental Justice

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:18pm -- VNGUYEN

Equitable and just climate policy must do more than cut carbon pollution—it must tackle the legacy of environmental racism and build a clean energy economy that achieves tangible improvements in people’s lives. Federal policymakers must develop and implement climate solutions in a way that meaningfully involves and values the experience and ideas of environmental justice (EJ) communities.

Shift Private Capital Toward Climate-Smart Investments

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:16pm -- VNGUYEN

For the United States to meet its goals for decarbonization and climate resilience, private investment must shift away from activities that exacerbate the climate crisis and focus on the deployment of clean technologies and resilient infrastructure. Congress also must ensure the financial system is resilient to the economic transition and climate impacts to come.

Manage Flood Risks for a Climate Resilient Nation

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:15pm -- VNGUYEN

The United States must invest in making communities more flood resilient by restoring natural floodplains and reducing the risks of loss of life and property in floods. The federal government must develop accurate and precise information on current and future flood risk and use risk-based flood standards to help communities decide how and where to grow and rebuild after disasters.

Improve Public Health and Manage Climate Risks to Health Infrastructure

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:14pm -- VNGUYEN

Bolstering our nation’s health systems for the climate crisis will require national planning and global leadership, along with investments in community preparedness and the resilience of hospitals and health infrastructure. The federal government must expand resources for public health departments, health facilities, and households to increase physical, social, and mental health resilience.

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