March 27, 2019

Neguse Among Handful of Lawmakers to Introduce First Major Climate Bill

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse was among a small group of Democratic lawmakers selected to introduce the first major piece of climate legislation from House leadership. H.R. 9 will prohibit federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and calls on the President to make public a plan for how the United States will achieve a commitment of an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gases by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

Neguse delivered the following remarks at a press conference to introduce the bill:

“Thank you Representative Levin, my good friend and colleague and I want to thank Madame Speaker and Chairwoman Caster for your leadership in respect to the Select Committee and for introducing this important bill and convening us today on such an important issue.”  

“Climate change, fundamentally, is an existential threat that we must begin tackling head on immediately. The science is perfectly clear, we have a very short runway to avoid very catastrophic consequences for our planet and this moment really does require bold action now from the Congress.”

“We have already seen devastating effects of climate change on our coasts, our forests, our farmlands, and our communities. In Colorado, in my district over 50% of the area I represent is public lands. My constituents are certainly already feeling the significant impacts of this crisis; including increased flooding and erosion, rising temperatures, and faster snowmelt.”

“I am a father as well. My wife and I have a six-month-old daughter, Natalie. So much of the work we do in Congress, I see through the prism of being a father and thinking about the world that she will inherit. Our duty to her, our duty to the rest of humanity, really is to do everything in our power to leave this world better than how we found it and to ensure that our next generation, that my daughters generation receives a planet better than the one we received.”

“Our actions as a nation right now are currently not living up to this duty.  The administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords and halt progress being made forwards is severely detrimental to the planet and to the next generation. We are the only country to reject this global pact. We can and we must do better. Now is not the time for ignorance, it is not the time for shortcuts, it is the time for action. We must act and we must act on climate now.”

View the full press conference here.