“Science is not a partisan issue,” as our representative in Washington, Chrissy Houlahan, wrote (below) pertaining to her Yea vote for the Climate Action Now Act (HR 9; download text here).
Certainly, science should not be a partisan issue. However, the eminently reasonable science-friendly Climate Action Now Act to fight climate change and support the 2015 Paris Agreement (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) passed in the US House in May with 228 D votes and 3 R votes. It now sits in the Senate. Of course, many R’s do understand the US must lead the way in saving our collective future from the threats of climate change. But most R legislators don’t dare say so, because they fear retribution by Trump and the fossil fuel lobby.
What will encourage R legislators to support bills like the Climate Action Now Act? Elections. When voters continue ousting Trump enablers from office, as when they dramatically handed D’s control of the US House in 2018, the remaining R’s will get the message. in local elections, November 2019 is another opportunity to send the message:
Science is not a partisan issue… at least for anyone who wishes to represent the public interest in Harrisburg or Washington.
Representative Houlahan Commits to Fighting Climate Change and Passes Ambitious Amendment
US Representative Chrissy Houlahan
Washington, May 2, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) voted to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which included her crucial amendment. The legislation ensures the United States honors our commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action. Houlahan’s amendment requires the Administration’s strategy to include how the United States can use all the diplomatic tools available to help our partners around the world achieve their announced contributions to the Agreement. The House passed the bill 231-190.
“Science is not a partisan issue, and the science in this case is crystal clear,” said Houlahan. “Climate change is happening. And we are causing it. Inaction on this threat harms our economy, national security, and health. I refuse to stand by and do nothing. This is a fight for our country, for our children, and for humanity. I am proud to cosponsor and pass H.R. 9, which includes my amendment that would require the President to include in the Administration’s strategy how the United States can use all the diplomatic tools available to help our partners around the world meet their own goals. I am in this fight for Pennsylvania, for our country, and for our planet.”
H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act and Houlahan’s amendment will:
· prohibit any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement
· call on the President to develop and make public a plan for how the United States will meet the pollution reduction goals submitted to the world in 2015
Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, an educator, and a nonprofit leader. She’s in her first term representing Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Chester County and southern Berks