May 06, 2021

Congressman Neguse Advocates for Funding for Climate Change Research in FY2022 Appropriations

Washington D.C—Congressman Joe Neguse, along with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Don Beyer, and Earl Blumenauer, is requesting robust funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science and Technology Global Change Research Office for the Fiscal Year of 2022. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of 13 agencies composing the U.S. Global Change Research Program who are conducting a National Climate Assessment. EPA scientists who contributed to the National Climate Assessment conduct their research in a collaborative, peer-reviewed environment and are an integral component of strengthening our understanding of climate change, the risks of inaction, and the potential adaptation strategies for the United States.

“The climate crisis is the greatest challenge our current and future generations will have to face,” says Congressman Joe Neguse. “It is pertinent for the government to dedicate time and resources to analyzing and solving this problem. This is why I am pushing for funding for the EPA’s Science and Technology Global Research Office for FY22, so we can better understand the climate crisis and find tangible and comprehensive solutions, for our generation and generations beyond.”

The U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive science-based evaluation of the consequences of climate change, and also recommends potential strategies for the United States to enact to fight the climate crisis, which if left uncombatted will lead to more severe weather events, worsened wildfire seasons, and more acidic oceans as well as rising sea levels. 

In April of 2019, and March 2020, Representatives Joe Neguse, Mike Levin, and Sean Casten led similar letters to the House Appropriations Committee in Congress to advocate for the country’s climate change research programs in FY2020 and FY2021.