With the government shutdown behind us, Congress has returned to business as usual. But that shouldn’t mean inaction on climate change. That’s why members of the Safe Climate Caucus (SCC) in the House of Representatives are pushing Congress to tackle the climate crisis by taking to the floor of the House every day they’re in session to draw attention to the impacts of climate change. It’s a message that leaders in Washington need to hear loud and clear.
The Safe Climate Caucus is comprised of 29 Members of Congress who represent 17 different states across the country. These members are working together to talk about the far-reaching impacts of climate change and the benefits of taking action. Some members will be providing updates on clean energy projects in their districts, others will be noting the devastating impacts of extreme weather events in their communities. Many will also be highlighting research and innovation in energy efficiency, transportation, and other clean technology. But all Members are “banded together to end the conspiracy of silence in the House of Representatives about the dangers of climate change.”
Last week, Rep. John Garamendi kicked off the 87th day of SCC speeches by discussing current sustainable transportation research at the University of California, Davis which will decrease our dependency on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The following day, Rep. Henry Waxman delivered the 106th speech from the SCC where he praised the EPA’s proposed standards for carbon pollution from new power plants and called for further innovation in clean energy technologies. All of their speeches from the SCC can be found here.
LCV will keep working with these climate change champions in Congress, highlighting their important speeches on the floor of the House and echoing their calls for action to protect our environment for future generations.
(Photo found on the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus Facebook page)