Many environmental champions in Congress called for action on climate change in April. Read how some champs marked Earth Day in our blog post, and find more highlights from the entire month of April below.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) joined LCV and other environmental groups in New Hampshire to talk about the need to protect the environment and economy from climate change. Find more information here.
During the Budget debate, Senator Michael Bennet (CO) offered an amendment to address the economic and national security threats through investments in clean energy and energy efficiency as well as reducing carbon pollution. He also offered another motion encouraging the Budget Conference Committee to consider the impacts of climate change. These two measures passed with bipartisan support. Check out our letter to the editor that was published in the Denver Post.
The House Republican Leadership continued attacks on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill from Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-1) that would completely undermine decades of federal and state cooperation under the Clean Air Act by allowing states to opt-out of compliance with carbon pollution standards. Fortunately, Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Lois Capps (CA-24), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Kathy Castor (FL-14) and Paul Tonko (NY-20), among others, called out this dangerous proposal. In the hearing, the Whitfield bill was dubbed “Just Say No to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.” Here are a few tweets highlighting their remarks:
Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), as Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources, held a forum on environmental justice in Los Angeles with Representatives Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Norma Torres (CA-35), Judy Chu (CA-27), Linda Sanchez (CA-38), and Maxine Waters (CA-43). The forum focused on including communities usually left out of environmental policy conversations. Find more information on our Facebook page, and shout out to League of Conservation Voters' own Jennifer Allen, who participated in the forum, and check out her letter to the editor here.