House Climate Crisis Action Plan Highlights Key Congressman Lowenthal Legislation

June 30, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) applauded today’s release of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis comprehensive congressional climate action framework, which includes four signature pieces of legislation championed by the Congressman.

The Select Committee’s climate action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to see the United States achieve net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, if not earlier. It would power economic recovery through clean energy investment and family-sustaining jobs, and address the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color.

The report specifically recommends timely action on four pieces of legislation introduced by the Congressman, who serves as Co-Chair of the Safe Climate Caucus, Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC) and is Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee:

H.R.4346 - Bonding Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act – legislation to ensure that oil and gas developers bear the burden of reclamation costs when abandoning well on public lands.

H.R.5552 - Migratory Bird Protection Act – legislation to protect migratory birds from industrial and commercial activity.

H.R.5636 - Transparency in Energy Production Act – legislation to provide for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel extraction and emissions by commercial entities with leases on public land.

H.R.5845 - Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act – legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for wasteful products, reduce wasteful packaging, and reform our broken waste and recycling collection system..

“The climate is one of the defining issues of our time and time is running out to address it,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “One of my highest priories as a public servant has been the immediate need to address climate change. It is for this reason that I am excited to see bills that I have introduced and policies that I have pushed incorporated as recommendations in the Select Committee’s report. This lays an important road map to begin to tackle this crisis and we must now take every step we can to turn these recommendations into reality.”

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the start of the 116th session of Congress to make science-based policy recommendations to the standing House committees on how to address and solve the climate crisis.

The full Select Committee report is viewable here.