WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Scientists around the world have made clear that major action to reduce carbon emissions is needed to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. To address this concern, members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce are expected to introduce a bill later this month that would put the United States on target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
“Between last year’s flooding in the U.S. Midwest, drought on the East coast and now the horrifying megafires tearing through Australia, it’s impossible to ignore the very real effects of climate change and the lasting impacts it has on our wildlife and our most vulnerable communities,” said Shannon Heyck-Williams, director of climate and energy policy at the National Wildlife Federation. “Chairman Pallone, as well as Reps. Tonko, Rush and their colleagues have demonstrated great leadership putting together an outline for an ambitious bill to get us on the path to climate stability. The National Wildlife Federation is ready to help refine and build support for this and other proposals, so that Congress can pass much-needed climate legislation as soon as possible.”
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