From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
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Bill: H.Res. 540
Date: 2/8/2016

Support Renewable Energy and Green Jobs

Co-Sponsor H.Res. 540

Current Co-Sponsors: Clark, Clarke, Cohen, Conyers, Deutch, Farr, Gabbard, Honda, Huffman, Johnson, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis, Lieu, Napolitano, Norton, Rangel, Schakowsky, Slaughter, Takano, Van Hollen, Chu, McDermott, Serrano, Cartwright, Hastings, Lofgren, Keating, McGovern


Endorsed by, Alaska Wilderness League, America’s Family Values, Asian Pacific Environment Network, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Community Change Action, Earth Justice, Environment America, Environmental Action, Friends of the Earth, Green America, GreenLatinos, Greenpeace USA, Here Now, National People’s Action, People Demanding Action, Progressive Congress, Public Citizen, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, RootsAction, Sierra Club

Dear Colleague:

This year NOAA and NASA jointly announced that 2015 was hottest since reliable record keeping began by an unprecedented amount of 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. We should acknowledge that our planet is warming and will continue to warm at an accelerated rate if we do not act upon mitigating it.

The impacts of our warming globe are already plain to see, from raging floods to extended droughts, and heat waves to rising sea levels. Food scarcity, extreme weather, and increased conflict are projected to displace millions, making the refugee crisis we see now just as glimpse of what is in store. While no nation or people are safe from the reach of global warming, the poor are particularly susceptible to harm. Developing countries and underserved communities in the United States that lack the means for an adequate response are climate change’s first victims.

But climate change also presents an incredible opportunity to create millions of new jobs in clean energy and emissions reductions. For example, shifting our waste from landfills to recycling or composting will create 10 times more jobs while also reducing emissions. It also possess countless new possibilities for innovation in sustainable technology, infrastructure, and manufacturing.

To address this growing threat and to seize on this vital opportunity to secure long-term prosperity in a new, sustainable economy, we have recently introduced H. Res. 540, which sets aggressive national priorities for combating climate change. The resolution calls for:

  • The achievement of near zero greenhouse gas emissions nationally by January 1, 2050.
  • A national goal of 50 percent of electricity to be derived from renewable resources by January 1, 2030.
  • A transition to 100 percent renewable energy by January 1, 2050.

Climate change is the most pressing global issue of our time, and we must leave a world worth inheriting. Setting these priorities will help us avoid its most catastrophic impacts and deliver us the clean energy revolution that our country so desperately needs.

If you are interested in co-sponsoring this resolution, please contact


Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress
Keith Ellison
Member of Congress