A Few House Republicans Hold a Climate Change Confab

A Few House Republicans Hold a Climate Change Confab

“You can’t find a Utahn who doesn’t really care about clean air and clean water.” @RepJohnCurtis said his goal is to find ways “to make them feel more comfortable [politically] talking about it.” @LeeDavi49903322 #climate https://t.co/jVpPBJq0GE — CCL Salt Lake City (@CCLsaltlake) February 19, 2021 By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Representative John Curtis of […]

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House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Over the past 2 years, @ClimateCrisis brought together a historic coalition of scientists, union leaders, faith advocates, farmers, tribal leaders, business leaders & environmental justice champions to deliver a comprehensive, just & actionable plan for Congress to act on climate https://t.co/7KowAaQUih — US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) December 14, 2020 Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

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House Natural Resources Committee Will Prioritize Climate Change in Next Congress

House Natural Resources Committee Will Prioritize Climate Change in Next Congress

  by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer The House Committee on Natural Resources has announced that it will prioritize climate change and environmental justice in the 117th Congress. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will remain the committee chair for the next congress and said ahead of the election that regardless of its outcome, the Committee would […]

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House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.

Why This Matters:  There are more than 100 environmental amendments that the House will debate and many will pass only on party lines.

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House Dems Chart Course on Climate Change Action

House Dems Chart Course on Climate Change Action

Later this morning, House Democrats — Speaker Pelosi and (FOP) Representative Kathy Castor of the House Special Committee on Climate — will unveil the most detailed and sweeping proposal in a decade for dealing with the climate crisis, which reportedly also weaves environmental justice into every element of the plan. 

Why This Matters:  This is not a plan that the President can lambast as an end to capitalism.

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Landmark Bills on Ocean Acidification Pass in the House of Representatives

Landmark Bills on Ocean Acidification Pass in the House of Representatives

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed The Ocean Acidification Innovation Act, landmark legislation to enable institutions to compete for $50 million annually in federally funded prize money for research dedicated to ocean acidification. The House also passed the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act, which directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to work with state and local experts to assess the likely impacts of acidification on coastal communities, prepare a public report on which communities are most exposed to the problem, and support state efforts to assess their own vulnerabilities.  Both bills had overwhelming bi-partisan support – but whether the Senate will take them up remains to be seen.

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