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Champs in Congress Support Climate Action

16 Oct 2015  |   Matthew McKnight

Tags: Clean Energy, Environmental Champions, Climate Change, Congress, Clean Air

Our Champs in Congress continue to show support for climate action and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Here’s a recap of some of their latest efforts. 

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Jeff Merkley (OR), Brian Schatz (HI), and Ed Markey (MA) joined LCV for a tele-press conference to support the EPA’s finalized Clean Power Plan. 

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Ed Markey (MA), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Angus King (ME), and Ben Cardin (MD) heard from local leaders at a Senate Climate Action Task Force event.

More than 20 Senators led by Senators Maria Cantwell (WA), Ron Wyden (OR), and Harry Reid (NV) unveiled a new energy bill that works to tackle the problem of global climate change by reducing carbon pollution and promoting clean energy.  

Senator Harry Reid (NV) co-hosted the 8th annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas with President Barack Obama as this year’s keynote speaker.


Senator Bob Casey (PA) came out in support of the Clean Power Plan at an in-state event with faith leaders.

Senator Tim Kaine (VA) explained his support for the Clean Power Plan and the opportunities it presents for Virginia .

Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) led a successful amendment that can help us tackle climate change on the international level, and it passed the Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support. He also introduced a bill to ban drilling in the Arctic. Read about his efforts here.

Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Christopher Murphy (CT) announced the Senate’s first bipartisan climate bill of 2015, which aims to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

A group of Senators, led by Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Tom Carper (DE) introduced a bill designed to support offshore wind development and maximize clean energy technology to help curb the impacts of climate change.

Senator Ed Markey (MA) touts the benefits of the Clean Power Plan in this post.

Senator Brian Schatz (HI) spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Clean Power Plan.

Check out statements supporting the Clean Power Plan from the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and many of their members. 

Congressmen Frank Pallone (NJ-6) and John Sarbanes (MD-3) wrote an op-ed on the bipartisan support for climate action at the local level following a field forum in Annapolis where they were joined by Congressmen Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)

Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) participated in Chispa Arizona’s Environmental Justice Roundtable.


Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2) joined Energy Secretary Moniz for an event supporting climate science and energy research.  

Congressman John Delaney (MD- 6) hosted a climate workshop in Germantown, MD.

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) hosted a climate forum in Long Beach, CA.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) joined the National Wildlife Federation to release a report on the impacts of climate change and to call for action. 

Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-3) wrote this post echoing Pope Francis’s address to Congress on the importance of ending self-destructive behavior to address climate change -- and many other progressive challenges.

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) details his recent legislation and some lessons from successful carbon pollution reduction programs in California in this op-ed in The Hill.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) wrote this letter on her bill to increase solar energy.

Congressman Patrick Murphy (FL-18) wrote this piece on Medium supporting climate action.

Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5) co-authored this great op-ed on climate action.

Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) also wrote an op-ed on climate action.

Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-6) called for action on climate from the House floor.

Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5) also spoke on the floor in support of climate action.

In the House, 11 Republicans led by Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) introduced a resolution calling on the House to commit to working on climate change solutions. This small but noteworthy step more closely aligns them with the majority of Americans who strongly support action to address the climate crisis. 

Our Champs are also standing up to attacks in committee hearings. =

On September 11th, the House Science Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing to assert that the Clean Power Plan would harm the economy and consumers.  Thanks to Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Donna Edwards (MD-4) and Bill Foster (IL-11) for making sure the true facts were presented. Find out more here.

On September 29th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Senator Inhofe (OK), tried to attack the Clean Power Plan and ozone standards to protect our clean air and address climate change. Fortunately, Senators Barbara Boxer (CA), Tom Carper (DE), Ed Markey (MA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) were there to set the record straight. Check out the hearing here.  

On October 6th, Senator Ted Cruz (TX) challenged the scientific consensus of climate change in a Judiciary Subcommittee hearing he led that argued federal regulations hurt minorities. Thanks to Senators Chris Coons (DE) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for standing up to the false claims and detailing how environmental standards for clean air have successfully protected public health and saved lives. Find out more here.

On October 7th, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee held another hearing attacking the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Thanks to Reps. Bobby Rush (IL-1) Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Lois Capps (CA-24), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Peter Welch (VT-AL), John Yarmuth (KY-3), and Eliot Engel (NY-16) for standing up for climate action and supporting the Clean Power Plan. Find out more about this hearing here



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