Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman John J. Faso (NY-19) have introduced bipartisan legislation to address climate change and initiate a bipartisan solution to the environmental crisis of our time. The Climate Solutions Commission Act creates a bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission to undertake a thorough review of economically viable public and private actions or policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The National Climate Solutions Commission is required to give the White House, Congress and the states their recommendations within eighteen months.
The legislation is endorsed by the Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Partnership for Responsible Growth, the National Wildlife Federation and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The Delaney-Faso legislation is cosponsored by six Republicans and six Democrats, including: Rep. Curbelo, Rep. Deutch, Rep. Meehan, Rep. Lowenthal, Rep. Fitzpatrick, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Stefanik, Rep. Schneider, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Suozzi.
“Climate change is real and the threat it poses is real,” said Congressman Delaney. “It is imperative that we act on climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in today’s Washington the surest way to do so is to build bipartisan consensus; that’s what this bill does. I am proud to work with Congressman Faso on this bill, which brings both parties together, studies the data and the options and puts forward a workable solution.”
“Creating a bipartisan commission will help bring the public and private sectors together to provide smart solutions to the problems we face in the world today from the negative impacts of climate change,” said Congressman John Faso.
Both Congressman Delaney and Congressman Faso are members of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. Congressman Delaney first filed the Climate Solutions Commission Act in 2016 during the 114th Congress.
“This bill demonstrates bipartisan recognition that climate change is a serious issue, and one that requires innovative thinking from across the political spectrum,” said Elizabeth Thompson, president of EDF Action. “It sends a strong signal that bipartisan cooperation on climate change is possible and necessary. These members of Congress deserve praise for their leadership.”
“Thank you Rep. Delaney for your leadership in introducing the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017. Communities across the nation want effective policies that control carbon emissions,” says Mark Bryer, Interim Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland and DC program. “These solutions are not only less costly than unchecked climate impacts, but offer opportunities for cleaner air, less expensive, more efficient energy, and more consumer choice.”
“Our nation won't be able to meet the climate change challenge unless Congress plays a leadership role, and we applaud the sponsors of this bill for taking a bipartisan step to find science-based solutions that will benefit both the planet and our economy,” said former Congressman Walt Minnick, Partner of Partnership for Responsible Growth.
“Confronting climate change requires leadership from both political parties. We applaud the bipartisan sponsors for embracing science-based climate protection goals to protect wildlife and ensure a sustainable future. We encourage more Members from both sides of the aisle to answer the call for climate action and we look forward to working with both parties to craft meaningful, bipartisan solutions to climate change,” said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation.
“I am encouraged by the leadership of Rep. John K. Delaney and Rep. John Faso, who demonstrate today that there is bipartisan political will to address climate change in Congress with the introduction of the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017. Our nation has a moral obligation to act on climate change. By creating a bipartisan commission committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, based upon the latest scientific findings, they take an important step forward towards protecting God’s creation and future generations,” said Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Climate Solutions Commission Act
- Establishes the National Climate Solutions Commission: The commission will have 10 members, five appointed by Democrats and five appointed by Republicans.
- The National Climate Solutions Commission will 1) undertake a comprehensive review of economically viable public and private actions or policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 2) make recommendations to the President, Congress and the states and 3) use as its goals for emissions reductions the estimated rates of reduction that reflect the latest scientific findings of what is needed to avoid serious health and environmental consequences.
- The National Climate Solutions Commission is required to release their recommendations within eighteen months of the enactment of the legislation.
- The Climate Solutions Commission Act also directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study and report on the financial tools, policies and institutions most successful at reducing greenhouse gas emissions while protecting economic growth and employment.