|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the U.S. should have 100% of its electricity sold to be generated solely from renewable sources only by 2035 and greenhouse gases emissions should be dropped to 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050. Climate change should be tackled by setting a new National Renewable Energy Standard.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that fighting climate change can have a negative impact on our economy. For instance, the coal industry could practically disappear by 2035. The U.S. should not require 100% of its electricity sold to be solely from renewable sources.
The Climate Solutions Act of 2019 would establish a National Renewable Energy Standard, requiring that 100 percent of electricity sold in the United States be generated from renewable sources by 2035. It would also target greenhouse gases by requiring such emissions to be 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
The legislation notes that the main objective, in accordance to studies, is to not exceed a global surface temperature change of 3.6°F, and this can be achieved by stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. In order for this objective to be met, nations would need to be consistent with the Paris Agreement accord entered in 2016. By having the U.S. withdraw from this agreement could bring disastrous climate changes to the U.S.
The bill continues by noting that the U.S. has already began to observe some of the impacts of global warning, including:
- increases in heat waves and other extreme weather events;
- rise in sea level, retreat of glaciers and polar ice;
- decline in mountain snowpack, increased drought (including droughts in the West and South United States) resulting in damage to our economy and property; - extreme weather conditions resulting in wildfires, stronger hurricanes, and polar vortex occurrences resulting in further damage to property and our economy;
- damage to our environment such as ocean acidification, extensive coral bleaching, migrations, and shifts in the yearly cycles of plants and animals; and
- effects on human population, including population displacement and adverse health effects such as the spread of infectious diseases and climate-related conditions such as asthma.
The 2018 National Climate Assessment, authored by more than 300 experts and released by the United States Global Change Research Program, makes clear that the present unprecedented rises in global temperature are primarily due to human activities. The changing climate will devastate all sectors of society and disproportionately harm the most vulnerable communities.
While is clear that the House majority agenda is to allocate resources towards combating climate change, Republicans have been historically against combating climate change, either by denying it exists or by stating that it will ultimately hurt the economy.
Sen.Marco Rubio (R-FL) told CNN he believes the climate is changing, but “I’m also not going to destroy our economy.”
Republicans have also historically defended the coal industry, which Trump has previously stated that is under attack and is now back in full force, even though data suggests this to be false.
Sponsored by: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 16 Dem.