One Year After Release Of Climate Crisis Action Plan, Select Committee Introduces Online Tracker Showing Progress On Hundreds Of Recommendations
WASHINGTON - Chair Kathy Castor made the following statement on Wednesday as she marked one year since the release of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ landmark Climate Crisis Action Plan, and as she announced the launch of a new interactive tool tracking the progress made on the hundreds of recommendations outlined in the Select Committee's framework for solving the climate crisis:
“One year ago today, alongside Speaker Pelosi, our Select Committee Democrats gathered outside the Capitol to unveil the Climate Crisis Action Plan, an ambitious framework to create millions of jobs building a healthy, resilient, and just America,” said Chair Castor. “Since then, House Democrats have worked hard to turn that plan into reality. Over the past year, more than 250 of our Climate Crisis Action Plan recommendations have been passed by the House of Representatives, and more than 100 of those recommendations have been signed into law. Congress is poised to make more progress on Solving the Climate Crisis through the infrastructure and jobs plan in the weeks ahead.”
The Climate Crisis Action Plan, released on June 30, 2020, includes a total of 702 actionable recommendations to build a prosperous, clean energy economy that values workers, advances environmental justice, and is prepared to meet the challenges of the climate crisis.
As of this Wednesday, House Democrats have made the following progress implementing the recommendations in the Climate Crisis Action Plan:
- 258 of 702 recommendations have been passed by the House of Representatives during the 116th Congress and the 117th Congress.
- 113 of 702 recommendations have been signed into law.
A new, interactive tracker outlining this progress is available here.
“We’re proud of this progress – and we’re just getting started. We'll keep fighting to pass important legislation like the INVEST in America Act and President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, as we deliver millions of good-paying jobs across America, rectify decades of disinvestment in communities of color and low-income communities, and give future generations the healthy future they deserve,” said Chair Castor.
According to an independent analysis, the Climate Crisis Action Plan would save more than 60,000 American lives every year by 2050 thanks to reduced air pollution, as well as nearly $8 trillion saved through 2050 thanks to health and climate benefits.
Described as “the most detailed and well-thought-out plan for addressing climate change that has ever been a part of US politics” and endorsed by over 100 environmental organizations, environmental justice leaders, and elected officials, the Climate Crisis Action Plan would put the country on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, if not earlier. It would power economic recovery through clean energy investment and family-sustaining jobs, and address the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color.