From Congressman Alan Lowenthal
Every week, we hear of a new climate-related disaster. The wildfires in California are only the latest. This week I voted to pass H.R.4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. This bill begins to move the needle on solving the climate crisis by increasing energy efficiency, modernizing and building grid resiliency, promoting electric vehicle adoption, promoting renewable energy development, protecting front line and fence line environmental justice communities, and addressing carbon pollution from existing and traditional sources.
The bill also includes two amendments that I introduced. The first, co-sponsored with my California colleague John Garamendi (CA-03), makes an important clarification that the same American laws, such as guaranteeing American workers and American vessels carry out the work, apply to wind development on the outer continental shelf as apply to oil and gas extraction. The second was my amendment to require the Department of Interior to create an online database to annually report the type of energy and emissions produced on federal public lands.
Climate change doesn’t know political party or recognize borders. We are all in this together and we need to take immediate action. This Congress, the House has already passed the Climate Action Now Act, the Moving Forward Act, the Great American Outdoors Act, and released our Congressional Action Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act will not solve all our clean economy needs but is a step in the right direction and adds to the solutions we have put forward.