The U.S. House of Representatives has taken long-overdue action on the climate crisis.
On May 2, the House passed the Climate Action Now Act, with a bipartisan vote of 231 to 190. The first climate bill to receive a congressional vote in a decade, this legislation would keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and requires the Trump administration to submit a plan to meet the U.S. commitment to reduce carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2032.
“This bill is a key step in ratcheting down carbon pollution from the burning of dangerous fossil fuels—oil, natural gas and coal—as quickly as possible,” said Andrea McGimsey, senior director of our national network’s Global Warming Solutions campaign.
Will the U.S. Senate follow suit? Maybe not. But with a crisis as big as this one, we have to keep doing all we can to reduce and ultimately eliminate the pollution that’s changing the planet’s climate.
Photo: Millions of Americans remain committed to meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement. On May 2, the U.S. House passed a bill to keep the country on track to hit the goals on time. Credit: Ken Fager via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)