(Washington, D.C. – December 10, 2018) In the wake of the National Climate Assessment—with world leaders gathered in Poland for the most urgent global climate discussion since 2015’s Paris Climate Agreement—some members of Congress are again positioning climate action as a pressing priority ahead of the new Congress. Representatives A. Donald McEachin and Brad Schneider today introduced a bill that aims to illuminate the American government’s failure of leadership on the international stage in the fight against climate change. The bill also sets the stage for climate change to be a core issue for Democratic leadership when they take control of the House of Representatives in January.
“We are heartened by another show of commitment to climate action. Representatives McEachin and Schneider’s bill not only seeks to hold the Trump administration accountable for its abdication of American leadership on the global stage, but also to position action that combats climate change as a mandatory component of any thoughtful legislative agenda. We thank Representatives McEachin and Schneider for their leadership on the issue, and EDF remains ready to work with any official looking to advance solutions to global warming.
“Considering the vociferous calls for climate action by the American people—made more clear by the strong performance by climate champions in the midterm elections—Democratic leadership has an opportunity at the beginning of the next Congress to make climate change a top issue. We are eager to make progress on this critical priority.”
- Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs