Representative Earl Blumenauer Applauds the Inclusion of Key Policies in Congressional Climate Action Plan
Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, released a statement following the inclusion of several of his signature policy initiatives in the Congressional Action Report released yesterday by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
“The climate emergency is a threat to our very existence, yet the United States, a leading contributor of carbon emissions, is not doing its job to address it,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “House Democrats have finally put forward a plan to fight for policies that can help decarbonize our economy and save our planet. It does not include important key provisions I’ve fought for, such as declaring a climate emergency and calling for substantially reducing emissions by 2030, but it is a strong start. I am committed to working with Chairwoman Castor and members of the Select Committee, including my Oregon delegation colleague, Suzanne Bonamici, to realize and expand upon the Report’s climate goals.”
The Congressional Action Report was released by Select Committee Chair Kathy Castor. This report includes an outline of the challenges we continue to face as a result of the ongoing climate crisis, as well as a series of legislative recommendations to help address it, several of which have been championed by Rep. Blumenauer. The report will act as a blueprint for future action by House Democrats to take action on the climate emergency. Some of Congressman Blumenauer’s bills that were recommended include:
· The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2019 (H.R. 1507), which would make bike commuting more accessible for millions of Americans by reinstating and improving tax incentives for bike commuting;
· The Renewable Energy Investment Act (H.R. 5157), which would dramatically increase the amount of wind and solar energy on the grid by converting existing clean energy tax credits to direct payments;
· The Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Act (H.R. 5160), which would greatly improve the energy efficiency of buildings, the source of 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, by modernizing and extending tax deductions for energy efficiency; and
· The BRACE Act (H.R. 510), which would incentivize and modernize more efficient, lower-carbon transportation of goods by making permanent the tax credit for short line railroad track maintenance.