We can change course. It's not too late!

November 22, 2019

Let's face it—the future of our children and our planet depend on the decisions we make NOW, and we don't have any time to waste.

While we fight the impacts of the climate crisis, we should also be looking forward to find ways to protect our environment and lay the foundation for a sustainable future. This week I was hard at work doing just that.

I, along with other Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee, introduced a package of tax incentives for green energy technologies like wind, solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles and provide new incentives for additional activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

I consistently fought for this package on the committee, advocating for it with Chairman Neal, and he finally delivered. This is just one step needed to tackle the climate emergency and put us on the path towards decarbonization. 

Another step I've been working towards is setting meaningful goals that the United States must achieve as part of our climate action strategy. This week several of my colleagues and I unveiled our legislation to set a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean economy by 2050, centering on equity and bringing us to "net-zero" climate pollution across all sectors of the economy. Over 150 of my colleagues in Congress agree that this is a priority and the cost of climate inaction is already being seen across the country. 

Over the summer, I worked with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders to declare the climate crisis an emergency. As a nation, we must mobilize federal resources to respond to this crisis with the urgency and action it demands. Millions across the country are already suffering the impacts of climate change and many are powerless to stop it. We have the ideas, tools, and vision – now we need action.

I’ll keep fighting for this - our planet and future depend on it.