House Democrats’ New Climate Legislation Would Ensure U.S. Honors Paris Agreement Commitments

Bill introduced today by Speaker Pelosi, Select Committee on Climate Chair Castor, Democratic colleagues


Martin Hayden, Earthjustice, (202) 667-4500

Members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation this morning to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement and ensure the U.S. honors its commitments to tackle climate change, alongside the other nearly 200 nations that signed the agreement. President Trump previously announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement in 2017.

The House legislation was introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).

The following is a statement from Martin Hayden, Vice President of Policy and Legislation, Earthjustice:

“The climate is changing on Capitol Hill, but this time, it’s for the better. With commonsense legislation to maintain our climate leadership on the world stage and reap the benefits of the clean energy economy, Speaker Pelosi, Select Committee Chair Kathy Castor, and their colleagues are once again reminding us that they, and not big polluters’ lobbyists, control the people’s House now. We commend Speaker Pelosi, Chairwoman Castor and their colleagues for standing up for our future over the fossil fuel industry’s agenda.”

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Schoolchildren, all wearing shirts with the words: “Your Promise, Our Future,” streamed down the aisles at the close of the Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the UN General Assembly in New York, April 22, 2016.
Schoolchildren attend the signing ceremony for the Paris climate deal at the UN General Assembly in New York, April 22, 2016. (Photo by Earthjustice)

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