The month of May has been yet another month filled with Congressional Champions taking a stand for the environment. Here are some of their noteworthy undertakings.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) continued leading the call for action on climate change with his 100th “Time to Wake Up” floor speech. Senator Whitehouse also joined our Climate Action Chat with LCV’s Gene Karpinski and Tiernan Sittenfeld. You can find his 100th speech here.
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) led 18 senators in calling upon the Department of the Interior to protect our natural resources and our climate by prohibiting Arctic drilling. Find out more here.
Senator Tom Udall (NM) and Senator Ed Markey (MA) led on a bill that would establish the first evernational renewable electricity standard. It would ensure that 30% of our energy comes from clean resources by 2030. Senator Markey also defended the EPA’s CleanPower Plan in committee against attacks in committee.
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) is working on a bill that would close loopholes in the federal coal program. You can find more information here.
Many members of Congress spoke against the so-called America COMPETES Act, H.R. 1806, which drastically cuts funding for clean energy and climate change research. Those who spoke against this bill include Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4), Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11), Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-5), Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), and more.
Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) called for more clean energy, stressing the importance of continuing investments in solar energy and supporting energy education in schools.