Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement following the first full hearing on the House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC) under Democratic leadership. Congressman Lowenthal, a member of HNRC since 2013, is Chair of the HNRC Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) subcommittee:
“Today, the HNRC held its first serious hearing on climate change in nearly a decade, and set the tone for the Committee leadership’s ambitious agenda in the 116th Congress. This is only the first of many hearings and actions that this Committee and the House under Democratic leadership will take to combat the urgent threat of climate change. I have high hopes that the 116th will be the Congress to reassert the United States’ global leadership on climate change.
"Cities and states across the country have stepped up their efforts in the absence of federal leadership on the climate crisis. That absence was clear in last night’s State of the Union address by President Trump: climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and the President never once mentioned it. This goes well beyond inexcusable or unacceptable -- it is simply irresponsible as a leader and dangerous for our nation.
"I am honored to serve as Chair of the EMR subcommittee. Next week, we hold our first hearing, also focused on the issue of climate change. It is our responsibility to steward the Earth for future generations, and it is our moral duty to address this crisis before it is too late. We must act, we must act now.”