September 18, 2019

POLITICO: Moderate Democrats back 12 bills to combat climate change

Moderate Democrats back 12 bills to combat climate change


The New Democrat Coalition, a group of 103 moderate House lawmakers, endorsed 12 measures aimed at combating climate change that range from establishing a federal clean energy standard, H.R. 2597 (116), to boosting carbon capture and sequestration technologies, H.R. 1166 (116).

“We’re advancing answers to this crisis by endorsing principles but also concrete legislation,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the group and a senior Energy and Commerce Committee member.

Along with the bills — seven of which have bipartisan backing — the group endorsed principles with the goal of reaching “net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.”

Other measures backed by the influential bloc would create a national green bank, H.R. 3423 (116); target industrial emissions, H.R. 4230 (116); curb methane emissions, H.R. 2711 (116); regulate potent short-lived greenhouse gases known as “super pollutants,” H.R. 4143 (116); and support expanding nuclear energy, H.R. 3306 (116), among others. The group also endorsed legislation that would help clean up abandoned coal mining sites and local waters H.R. 2156 (116).

Lists of the group's principles and endorsed bills are available on the POLITICO Pro website.