November 11, 2021

Congressman Neguse Champions Colorado CCC, Climate Solutions at COP26 UN Conference in Scotland

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Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, the only member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis from the Rocky Mountain West, returned from the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Neguse was part of a small congressional delegation chosen by Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi, which went to participate in bilateral meetings, panel discussions and other engagements with global leaders on top climate priorities. During the trip, Congressman Neguse met with the UN Secretary General, Climate Envoy John Kerry, foreign leaders, NGO and civic officials, and former President Barack Obama. Congressman Neguse also led a press conference featuring his Congressional colleagues from the “Class of 2018,” during which he shared stories from Colorado with Conference participants, including recounting Colorado’s devastating wildfire season in 2020 and the work underway as communities recover from the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires through his proposed Climate Conservation Corps as part of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. See here. 

Neguse will join a press call Friday at 12pm MT to share reflections on the trip. Click HERE to register.  

“It was a distinct honor to represent Colorado at the UN Climate Conference this week in Glasgow, Scotland,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “In Colorado, we've seen the impacts of the climate crisis firsthand, in devastating and record-setting wildfires, fatal flash flooding and some of the worst air quality in the world. Our communities cannot wait any longer for climate action. That's why I am pushing every day in Congress for bold policy measures that will have a meaningful impact on lowering emissions, supporting our communities in the wake of these disasters and building a brighter future for the next generation. I was grateful to bring the voice of Coloradans and the stories of my constituents and our communities to COP26, and to participate in critically important international discussions around the urgency of addressing this crisis. At the table with leaders from across the globe, it was critical for us to assure the world that the U.S. is still in on climate action and on tackling this existential crisis.”

Congressman Joe Neguse has made fighting the climate crisis central to his legislative agenda since taking office. He serves as Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands where he is leading on innovative legislation such as the 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps Act, and proposals to tackle western wildfires, support wildland firefighters and preserve Colorado public lands, including the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, or the CORE Act, which has passed the House four times. As a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, he brought the Committee to Boulder, Colorado in 2019 for their first and only field hearing to hear from Coloradans about the urgency of this issue. The Committee’s culminating report includes several of Neguse’s proposals, including his legislation to modernize our federal labs, invest in regenerative agriculture research, expand clean energy, and address climate resiliency threats to our national security. Recently, Congressman Neguse added four climate resiliency provisions to the House-passed NDAA.