From: The Honorable Scott H. Peters
Bill: H.R. 508
Combat Drivers of Climate Change: Cosponsor the SUPER Act (H.R. 508)
Supporting organizations: League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Working Group, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development,
CERES, Environmental Investigation Agency
Cosponsors: Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Gerald
Connolly, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Mike Honda, Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. James Langevin, Rep. Zoe Lofgren,, Rep.
Eleanor Holmes Norton Rep. Chellie Pingree, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Paul Tonko
While carbon dioxide (CO2) is a significant driver of global climate change, almost half of manmade global warming is a result of super pollutants like methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are many times more potent than CO2. The good news is that super pollutants, or short-lived climate pollutants, have a much shorter atmospheric life span than CO2, making the impact of super pollutant reductions potentially significant in the near future. The science has shown that reducing the emissions of “super pollutants” will improve air quality and increase agricultural production. The SUPER Act will achieve these potential
super pollutant reductions by maximizing the effectiveness of existing government programs and new technologies.
Atmospheric super pollutants such as black carbon, methane, and HFCs are growing in volume, and in many cases
their emissions are growing much faster than CO2. Reducing the emissions of these pollutants is the low-hanging fruit to slow climate change, and it is imperative that we act now so that generations can continue to enjoy the earth’s resources.
The SUPER Act reduces overlap and fragmentation in the federal response to super pollutants through better coordination among federal agencies and with state and local
efforts. A task force consisting of representatives from various levels of government, industry, and relevant academic and non-governmental organizations will review existing and potential
policies for gaps and overlaps and develop best practices to optimize the reduction of super pollutants. Such organization and coordination is necessary to increase efficiency and maximize the use of limited government resources.
If you have any questions or wish to become a cosponsor, please contact K.C. Jaski in my office at email@example.com or
Member of Congress