The League joined coalition partners on a letter calling for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose H.Con.Res 89. The resolution declares that a carbon tax would be "detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States." This resolution is the latest example of climate action denial being advanced by extreme members of the House of Representatives.
June 7, 2016
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, the undersigned organizations urge you to oppose H.Con.Res 89. This resolution is the latest example of climate action denial being advanced by extreme members of the House of Representatives. Instead of listening to the national security experts, faith leaders, scientists, energy innovators, health professionals and many others who are sounding the alarm on climate change and have implored our nation’s elected officials to support action, Rep. Scalise and the co-sponsors of H.Con.Res 89 appear to be looking for another way to say “no.” The sponsors of the resolution have no plan to address climate change and have opposed every proposal to do something about the planet’s gravest environmental problem. Many of them don’t even accept the scientific fact that climate change is occurring.
H.Con.Res 89 ignores the huge costs that our country is already experiencing due to climate change – costs that fall disproportionately on low-income communities and communities of color. It is clear this resolution is meant to put the interests of the polluting fossil fuel companies ahead of the American public’s best interest.
Instead of holding another just-for-show vote against climate action, the U.S. House of Representatives should be debating how it can best position our country to lead the global transition to clean energy sources. Last year more than half of the world’s new energy came from renewable energy sources and the landmark Paris climate agreement sends a powerful signal to investors that this trend toward low-carbon energy will accelerate. More and more countries and hundreds of forward-looking companies are adopting policies to limit carbon pollution and correct the market’s failure to capture the health and environmental costs of burning fossil fuels.
At a time when the American taxpayer is already paying to move vulnerable American communities to higher ground because of climate-driven sea level rise, we have no time to waste on empty resolutions that seek to take potential climate solutions off the table.
Center for Biological Diversity
Clean Water Action
Environmental Defense Action Fund
League of Conservation Voters
League of Women Voters
Natural Resources Defense Council
Southern Environmental Law Center
Union of Concerned Scientists