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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Amendment to the Climate Action Now Act Passes the House

Washington, May 2, 2019
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s (TX-07) amendment to H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, 305 to 121.

Congresswoman Fletcher’s amendment requires that the Trump administration’s plan to meet goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 includes a savings clause to ensure the plan is technology neutral. This allows the use of different kinds of energy technology in order to meet the United States contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Innovation drives the energy industry, and it is important that we continue to follow a technology-neutral approach that allows the best science to flourish and the best technologies to emerge,” said Congresswoman Fletcher. “Climate change is a global threat. We need a diverse and broad coalition of stakeholders who have the energy expertise we need to chart our path forward, encouraging and investing in innovation and technology in every area. That is why I am glad to see my amendment pass with bipartisan support.”

The Climate Action Now Act requires the Trump administration to comply with the rules of the Paris Climate Agreement in order to reach its goal of keeping the Earth’s increase in temperature below two degrees Celsius. This legislation requires the administration to develop and update a plan that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and confirm that other parties to the agreement continue to meet their obligations.

The Climate Action Now Act also passed the House today, 231-190.