Sending Office: Honorable Ted Lieu
Cosponsor the Climate Solutions Act in the 116th Congress
Climate change is the greatest existential threat to humankind and it demands immediate action. With the new House Democratic majority, I believe we have a moral imperative to address this crisis.
This fall we saw countless reports illustrating the urgency and dangers of climate change. In October, the International Panel on Climate Change found that limiting temperature increases to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century
requires a decrease in carbon emissions to 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030. November’s National Climate Assessment showed the devastating impacts of climate change across all sectors and confirmed that the unprecedented rises in global temperature are
due primarily to human activities. These alarming reports were met with news that global carbon emissions had increased 1.6 percent in 2017 after remaining steady the previous three years.
Beyond these reports, we can see the climate crisis unfolding before our eyes. Less than two months ago, wildfires tore through California making it the most destructive fire season on record. While those in the West dealt with fires, communities
in the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were recovering from devastating hurricanes. Those in other parts of the United States faced droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather events. The impacts of climate change will threaten not only
human lives but also our economy, environment, and national security – action on climate change is needed now.
Congress must consider bold proposals to combat climate change at the start of the new year. That is why I am re-introducing a strengthened Climate Solutions Act for the 116th Congress to comprehensively address this urgent crisis. First,
the bill sets out a National Renewable Energy Standard to drive us towards 100 percent clean energy by 2050 while also requiring 40 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 80 percent renewable energy by 2040. Next, it creates a stringent National Energy Efficiency
Standard to reduce energy usage and save consumers money. Finally, my legislation sets ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets to reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
I hope that you will join in the fight to take action on climate. Please contact my office at 202-225-3976 to cosponsor this legislation or with any questions.
Ted W. Lieu
Member of Congress
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