Kathy Castor announces "Solving the Climate Crisis" plan

Pablo Tucker
July 3, 2020

That report says ethanol is part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Republicans have labeled plans like the Green New Deal "socialist", and President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election, has made rolling back environmental regulations to support the drilling and mining industries a centerpiece of his economic agenda.

"TFI is committed to continuing to work with members of Congress to ensure that any legislation or policy advanced can reduce GHG emissions without creating disincentives that would inhibit the continued advancement toward a more sustainable US fertilizer industry", The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch said in a news release. It sets a range of targets, including a 45% reduction by 2030 of greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global warming.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement supporting the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis recommendations on climate policies.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will join committee chair Rep. Kathy Castor and Democratic panel members to unveil the blueprint Tuesday.

Castor's priorities in the "Solving the Climate Crisis" report include climate resilience to flooding and sea-level rise, plus clean energy and jobs.

While the proposal is likely to be approved in the Democrat-controlled House, Republicans on the Hill and in the White House slammed it nearly before Tuesday's press conference was over.

"The report offers a strong foundation for climate action".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., dismissed the proposal as a job-killer that would "punish" the American economy.

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have expanded responsible, clean-energy technologies "while the Democrats continue to push radical Green New Deal-like polices that would cripple America's economy and crush the poorest communities across the globe", said White House spokesman Judd Deere.

The plan is similar to that proposed by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Environment America, a coalition of state environmental advocacy groups, praised the plan. But they do not go almost as far as the Green New Deal resolution previously floated by the party's progressive wing that called for a 10-year transition to a 100% clean energy economy.

"This plan is more ambitious than anything we have seen from Democratic leadership so far, but it still needs to go further to match the full scale of the crisis", said Lauren Maunus, the group's legislative manager.

The document speaks a number of times as well about "environmental justice communities" which it defines as a community "with significant representation of communities of color, low-income communities, or tribal and Indigenous communities, that experiences or is at risk of experiencing higher or more adverse human health or environmental effects".

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