“New Mexico can be a leader in a renewable energy revolution. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement put the futures of our kids at risk. By passing this bill we’re saying that we are committed to working with the rest of the world to act on climate and securing a future of good paying jobs in a renewable energy economy,” Haaland said. Haaland is vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho Chunk, D-Kansas, tweeted: “I'm proud to join my colleagues to combat the climate crisis & protect our planet by passing the #ClimateActionNow Act. Together we can create a clean energy economy that provides good-paying jobs in KS, cleaner air for our children & a safer climate for future generations.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, said Americans can see for themselves the impact of climate change and extreme weather events. "Yet Republicans are defending the Trump administration action to undercut and isolate the United States as the only country to withdraw from the climate accord." However Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee Nation, R-Oklahoma, proposed an amendment linking U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gases to those from Russia and China. Mullin voted no. As did Rep. Tom Cole, Chickasaw, R-Oklahoma.
Trump’s decision to pull out of the #ParisAgreement put the futures of our kids at risk. We can be leaders in a renewable energy revolution. Let's say “we are still in" and demand #ClimateActionNow. #HR9 https://t.co/eFk8SSqMiO— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) May 1, 2019
This House bill illustrates the challenge of governing in Washington. Environmental advocates say the Climate Action legislation did not go far enough. Yet Republicans in the Senate won’t even consider it. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, told Bloomberg News that "there is no harm in passing" the measure but lawmakers can't stop there. "The idea that we can just reintroduce 2009 policies is not reflective of action that is necessary for now in the world of today," she said, pitching her alternative, the Green New Deal.
Mark Trahant is the editor of Indian Country Today. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Follow him on Twitter @TrahantReports. This story originally appeared on Indian Country Today on May 2, 2019. Note: Thumbnail photo of Quinault Nation by Sam Beebe.
ICYMI: Last week I offered an amendment to the Dem’s climate bill H.R. 9, which would ensure China and Russia are committed to reducing their emissions to at least the same level as the US. #greennewdisasterhttps://t.co/5q45gqRNGn— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) April 8, 2019