The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is charged with delivering ambitious climate policy recommendations to Congress "to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis."
“The American people have spoken, and demanded bold action to take on the climate crisis, which is the existential threat of our time.”
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
The committee was authorized by House Resolution 6 on January 9, 2019 and will publish a set of public recommendations by March 31st, 2020. Its members include experts in environmental justice, coastal flooding, clean energy development and other issues that are vital for addressing the climate crisis.
Background and Jurisdiction
On October 7, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that the global community needs to reduce climate pollution 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 in order to limit warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F). On November 23, 2018, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA). This report concludes that climate change “creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.”
Acknowledging the threat of climate change, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, created the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. H.Res.6, adopted on January 9, 2019, established the Select Committee with the following jurisdiction:
The sole authority of the Select Committee shall be to investigate, study, make findings, and develop recommendations on policies, strategies, and innovations to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis which will honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations. The Select Committee may, at its discretion, hold public hearings in connection with any aspect of its investigative functions.
The Select Committee will work with the standing committees of jurisdiction to develop new policy ideas for building a clean energy economy. The committee's rules were adopted on March 28, 2019.
Website and image credits
The blue and red background in the committee's logo represents changes to annual global temperatures from 1850 to 2018. These "warming stripes" were developed by climate researcher Ed Hawkins. Thanks to Shawna Faison and House Creative Services for developing the logo and to House Web Sevices for developing our site. Homepage photos from NASA, FEMA and the office of Rep. Kathy Castor.