From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
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Last year was the hottest on record for the globe, and recently, a group of influential climate scientists have
provided evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming could be dangerous. We need to acknowledge that our planet is warming and will continue to warm at an accelerated rate if we do not act upon mitigating
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 introduced H.Res. 540, which supports
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% of electricity to be derived from renewable resources by January 1, 2030.
- A transition to 100% 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.