Pelosi and Congressional delegation speak on climate change

By | December 10, 2019

Pelosi and Congressional delegation speak on climate change
Pelosi and Congressional delegation speak on climate change
Climate action plan and that’s why a being there, I think, was so important and what we’re doing here is so important. And next is so. I’M going to introduce the chairman of the science committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, a great pleasure to be able to see the rest of the world assemble through representatives to address climate change on this planet, and I’m grateful to Buffalo City Folk are in the delegation, and I Felt very good to be there because without the us we would have looked as if we’ve forgotten that we are on this planet. How is your committee and we will continue our work using sound science and using the technologist to address the issues? We would be very darolac as a nation to pretend that reality to pretend that we can meet everywhere else, but not in climate change. When that is the most critical issue facing this planet that we have started to. So we will continue our work. We will continue to use our technologies that are available to us for the research and we will also make sure that many jobs are created. Looking to the technologies that are available to us. My second committee is transportation, will looking at every area and that committee as well to make sure that we are not missing a step prayer. Is that the recognize the house is taking some leadership? I will now present to you, mr. Raul, The Hobbit who is chair of the natural resources. I also want to acknowledge, and thanks very much speaker Pelosi for putting the delegation together. Speaker ask the question over dinner about what would what was the most the biggest impression that individually? We we got from this from this trip and for me it was the issue of the expectation that this delegation has that the play Styx was needed, for the expectation was that we would lead again. That would read. We would re-engage in a very profound way and to deal with the urgency of climate change and not to ignore it not to try to avoid the issue, and the reality is, it was stated before requires a great deal of emergency. It’S not only an issue of survival for species and for human beings. It is, it is an issue that deals with the economics and the future Generations in this country, and – and this visit I think, reaffirm for me the fact that we have a roll, a principal role in the fight against climate change and a changing the Dynamics that We see before us right now. The fact that this Administration is chose not to is not either the will or the desire of the American people, and I think our presents are reaffirmed that we’re still in it and that we are bringing we brought you that the and the opinion and the sense Of the American people that this is a consequential issue, climate change, that it is urgent and that we must take steps and every committee and and this caucus is – is committed to that. And I look forward to the work ahead and I also look forward to the fact that we will thrust ourselves back into a leadership role internationally that deals with this question for life Leadership and provide moral imperative for everyone to do something about it. Thank you and let me introduce a chair of the select committee on climate change, chair caster down the climate crisis. You know all across America and across the globe right now, young people are demanding climate action. I want them to know that we hear you and we intend to take bold creative action to confront the climate crisis we’re running out of time and is President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell in the Senate undermine our efforts to tackle the clymb crisis. We went to Madrid led by Speaker Pelosi in this fantastic delegation to let the world know that the United States of America is still in local communities, States, academic institution scientist, everyday Americans are working to tackle the cost of the climate crisis. It was heartening to see how welcomed this delegation was. There is a ship vacuum we heard from so many in attendance at the conference of parties. The UN secretary-general said during his opening remarks that we’re at a point where we can choose a path of surrender or we can choose a path of Hope. Will the United States of America is a hopeful nation, and we intend this spring here in the House of Representatives to release a climate action plan to lower our Greenhouse gas emissions, to chart the course to give our communities the tools they need to adapt to the Rising cost of the climate, this presents an enormous opportunity for our country to create family-sustaining jobs, to make sure that we address inequalities and lift up the volume level Across America. We want to unleash American Inn the can-do spirit and creative patriotic climate action plan that will secure for our country a a sound or future, because we understand that we have a moral obligation to our kids and future Generations to tackle the climate crisis. And that’s what we intend to do now. I yield to the congresswoman Betty McCollum, who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee dealing with so many of these issues. Speaker Pelosi. It was really fabulous that the United States was in Madrid. I was just wanted to just take a second to tell you that we had used from all over the United States at Madrid, Future Leaders of our country, teacher Engineers, future technology, future scientist ready to step up and carry the banner not only for this generation. For the Next Generation in our fight to protect this planet, currently right now, we’ve got plans in the future, and you heard some of the great fantastic legislation that you can look forward to seeing in the coming months. We’Re in the fight right now in the Appropriations Committee to protect science, clean air, protect clean water only for today, but for tomorrow, so were still in it. Thank you again, speaker plug by thanking speaker Pelosi for taking the Dell patient in Madrid as we walked through the conference. People would approach us and say thank you thank you for being here and is the co-chair of the house. Oceans, caucus. I’M glad that this conference of parties, the top 25, was known as the blue cop. What’S a recent report from the intergovernmental panel on climate change on oceans and cryosphere, we know that the findings are Dyer, but we also know that the ocean, which have literally been taking the heat because of absorbing carbon emissions., can be part of the solution. Some of us attended a great panel discussion about how the ocean can help be part of the solution, whether that be through a restoring are habitats with the mangroves and seagrasses or to capturing the power of marine energy. So again, I am thrilled that we were able to be a voice for the United States of America to say that we are still in yes. Climate change has an existential threat, but it isn’t also an opportunity, an opportunity to use us leadership, us Innovation, us technology and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. And now I’d like to introduce my wonderful colleague from the select committee, Julia brownley from Cal good morning, and I also want to thank the speaker and all of the delegates – it was a great honor to travel with all of you to Madrid, I say quite frequently When I’m as lawmakers, we really are or not perfect, and when we put together policies, we may make mistakes. If you look at our tax policy, we make mistakes and we can fix that with immigration. We can fix that. But when it comes to climate and climate policy, if we make a mistake, we’re not going to be able to fix it and it is incumbent on us in the rest of the world that we and we act now. We act with a laser focused and we act boldly and I can say from being in Madrid. We were so proud to continue with a message of we we are still in, but leave me the rest of the world is in and it will take all of us all of us to stay and address the climate crisis. Thank you very much. Thank you. I’M a Jared Huffman, and I was pleased that it’s more than just the House of Representatives and our allies in the Senate, who are still in this, is the blue top the blue climate Conference Centers, chair of the water, oceans and Wildlife subcommittee. I was so pleased to see that American ngos are at the Forefront of leadership, even though this Administration is in leading on oceans or anything else right now, American ngos are partnering with climate vulnerable Nations to tackle this forgotten dimension of climate change, the oceans and, of Course we know that it’s more than just rising sea levels and Coastal storms, it’s ocean acidification, when the US joined them in a leadership mode on this issue, there’s so much that we can do to protect and restore mangroves and salt marshes and sea grass and the Great thing about that is that doing so will also make communities much more resilient to help adapt to climate change. So I’m looking forward to rejoining the world community and leading on climate change with that new focus on oceans and Coastal resilience. Thank you speaker. Pelosi morning. Scott Peters, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittees on energy and climate, and I was strictly thankful for speaker Pelosi for the invitation., be able to go in and really proud of. My colleagues here who made climate action a prominent part of their Congressional service. One of things I heard yesterday and what I noticed increasingly from our colleagues on the other side of the aisle is this notion that we should go slow on climate action, because if we, if India and China don’t act, we won’t solve the problem. Of course, it’s fallacious to say we should go slow because, as my colleagues have to explain, it’s in the United States interest to act on climate in our own right. But if you got a problem with other countries, you got to be in it. You got to show up in Madrid going to show up next year in Scotland and got to talk to him because it is absolutely true. We can’t solve this on her own the world, but going to these conferences go to these cops is exactly the right thing to do if you’re concerned about that, so we’re in it. I have to say that the people we met with very happy where they’re, including by the way plug for my world scientist from the Scripps institution of oceanography from San, Diego California, they’re very prominent promise their everyone was happy to see us there they’re hungry, for American Engagement and American leadership we’re behind that we are in it. We invite everyone else, who’s not to get in it that the speakers I told the world that the United States was there. She was a leader that everybody respected and it was a very important message for people who are feeling a void in our leadership. So, thank you and I’m speaker, I’m just going to say: what’s thanks very quickly one is we can’t do this without bringing us all to the table while it was wonderful to meet the United Nations General Secretary, whose wisdom was incredible to meet with other world leaders, The people that made difference were the ngos. The young hit the environmentalists, who are desperate to win to do something, that’s going to make a difference and we’re only going to do that for all at the table. We come back and know the importance of bringing laborers that young people need to know. Many of us that are committed before we left. We took a Cornerstone of the bill that Kathy and Frank talked about, but we introduced 205/50 bill that has more than a hundred and fifty co-sponsors already people are going to make this work. The other part that, for me it was an ocean. It was the blue cop, but we also had the opportunity. You talk to people about transportation and I would let anybody forget Transportation, but we are almost 30 % of the problem and work we’re going to stay at the Forefront of it and thank you very honored to be one of the three freshmen on the trip. I’M so grateful to speaker Pelosi for her Clarity of vision and her Clarity of purpose on the trip, her strength on the International Community running for congress. So we were often and know your purpose, and my purpose is a clean energy Advocate, and environmental attorney was to come to Washington and be able to address the climate crisis. I’M so incredibly grateful to get to serve both on the select committee on the climate crisis and natural resources committee, and I thank the chairs of those committees, Kathy Castronovo Grijalva, for as a freshman, allowing me to demonstrate leadership in to introduce legislation. I and work on this great and ambitious climate action plan that will soon be I’m absolutely committed to working with my colleagues on both sides, the aisle to address this issue, and is my colleague and friend from San Diego Scott Peters, has said. Usually, we don’t have to travel very far in Southern California to find the world’s greatest scientist. They are all around us and I was so encouraged to go to Madrid and to see the University of California in the Scripps institution of oceanography, with a strong presence there. Thank you very much and it’s my honor to introduce my fellow freshman from Illinois Sean Casten. Thank thank you Mike on Sean Casten from Illinois 6th District. I think much like Mike I campaign for congress last year on three issues: climate change, climate change in climate change. This is the Ron said it was a joke. This is the existential risk we face and our presence there was so important to let the rest of the world know that, notwithstanding what’s in the White House, the American people understand the science is settled: the ngos, the universities, The Americans Community understands that when you spend Money to shift from fossil-fuel intensive assets that cost money to renewable inefficiency, assets that don’t cost money to operate. That’S not a cost. That’S an investment! There is no scientific, do not to act. There is no economic reason not to act, but we desperately need to us leadership at the table, and you know it’s coming for all of us that we were thinking about really impactful moments. I’M going to leave you with two comments. We got the present of the Maldives, who is you know several ocean level rise away from losing her entire country said that we can either choose to give up or we can choose to fight, and we do not intend to give up. I think she speaks for all of us when she says that in the second I share with you was I Kelly from the UK who said that the science is settled you’re either in the copper you are against us and, if you’re against us, you need to Be isolated on the naughty step we are still in it and we do not intend to be isolated on the naughty step. What time next year, I hope we can say that that is the shared view of the entire United States government, not just the house and our colleagues from the Senate. So, thank you congressional district first. I just want to say we are so deeply grateful to speaker Pelosi. If there was one take away from me on this trip, it was that there it really is a desperate need for United States leadership on the international. With respect to this issue, and so many others and that’s why we are so grateful to have a speaker in Nancy Pelosi, you would have the wisdom in the foresight and division to make fighting the existential threat of climate change a top priority for this house and To lead this English codell to Madrid, to tell our International partners that we are in fact still in, and so we are very grateful to the speaker in personally. As a freshman member, along with revision of Caston representative Levin, very grateful to the Joint. This distinguished group of colleagues, some of our more senior members, reminded us when we arrived back home here that not every freshman gets to go to codell with the speaker of the house and it I think it’s recognition of the speaker’s desire to ensure that we fight For the future generations of this planet, and of course, this freshman class is no stranger to that. Having run on the issue of climate change, it so many districts across the country, I will also say that in ever eating we had with ngos, faith leaders, young people, the UN secretary-general. One thing was clear, which is that there is a shared sense of urgency amongst everyone internationally, that we have very little time. We must press forward with bold, comprehensive action to protect our planet, which is precisely what we intend to do under the leadership of chairwoman. Castro, who set out an expedited timetable to to have the recommendations to the full House where old, the distinguished chairman and chairwoman behind us. I will then take up the important legislative work ahead. So I guess I am grateful to the speaker and with that I’ve never been produced The Senator before so I will I want to. I want to make sure I provide ample exactly where the action of one of my favorite senators and it’s funny cuz. I said who is been fighting on this issue a long before many of us arrived Congressman that is Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. We texted earlier I’m one of Joe’s top 100 Senators as a senator from the ocean state. It meant an enormous amount to me to be able to go to oceans, cop and participate, but it also meant a lot to me to be a part of and had a little bicameralism to such a powerful Congressional Delegation. The Speaker of the House, 4 committee chairman and a large array of members of the House who are deeply deeply committed to this issue. It was really terrific and the world was hungry for that. It also daymarks if you think that there’s no hope at all. Let me offer you a little ironic anniversary that we have today on December 6th today, 2009, a decade ago, this full page ad ran in the New York Times. It described the science of climate change, as I quote the advertisement scientifically irrefutable, and it said that if we don’t get this right, if we don’t take action 10 years ago that the consequences would be catastrophic and irreversible. Again, that’s me quoting the advertisement and it was why Donald J Trump jr. Trump and the Trump organization, so who knows? Maybe we could have the 2009 Donald show up again, in which case we can have some real progress, but even without that there is bicameral action in the Senate and the house is under great leadership now and we will get this done. Thank you. Thank you. Madam speaker, for enhancing our delegation by your presence, but, more importantly, for all of your work over long. Of time on behalf of saving the planet for our children and future generations. And again, it was an honor to have you on the trip and thank you for calling to everyone’s attention in the script. It’S very promising about what this a signatories will calling for. In light of the present to President Obama and light of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, we’ve had power. Since then, the present has Jack said that we hope that you’ve heard me say over and over public spending is everything Abraham Lincoln. That’S a public sentiment, starting with young people, academic science and throughout America. Mares state legislators who were present ngos were Summit present in space, I’m not interested in making a difference for our future science, science, science, science and answers to our prayers that we know – and we heard from scientist, we had the opportunity to meet with the secretary-general, the King of Spain was here the president of Spain batter with meeting with it. It’S Global’s ngos, the national ngos, the face and Gio’s to see what is happening, not only thinking globally but acting locally to save other planets. Is there an existential threat to this generation? It is urgent and, as they said, they’re the reality of the crisis has to be met with the actuality of action that we take. Our members has been said. We had a hundred a hundred hearings. Already by the time I select committees headed by Kathy, Castor, is preparing its report, and then we will act upon that legislatively we had fight at the entire select committee Democrats and Republicans all on the same day, we thought that we were going to have participation. Family Matters whatever that didn’t happen, but we hope that it is that we we participation as we go along because the public will way in so I thank my colleagues will bring you such knowledge, Vision, 40. Just thinking to our visit there are they made a tremendous difference, Avella Steve’s and we’re very proud to join and wearing the pin we’re still in with the American flag on it. Thank you all very much. Thank you. When you’re developing planet with legislation which will come from this climate action friends, are you planning to do some things that could get the Republicans on board or is it to be laying the groundwork? Yes, it. If you’ve been following the work of the select committee, you will have seen that there are many areas of bipartisan interest to act on weather. That’S in the agricultural sector, the difficult to decarbonize Industrial sector. There is great bipartisan interest on controlling methane emissions that are particularly damaging to The Climate. There is great interest on the tools that we provide to to local communities to adapt and become more resilient and we’re going to do everything possible to make this as bipartisan as possible. But that’s strange thing: Frontier in Washington because of the outside influence of the fossil fuel companies so and we need we need folks Across America, businesses, large and small, all those face, leaders, the social justice organization, religious organizations to stand up and talk to our GOP colleagues To encourage them to be good partners with us going forward partisanship on Wednesday, the leadership. Thank you Nancy. I will have a 10 bills on the floor package into 107:29 and and deals with the coast of Brazil. Science. All part of a package to deal with this question of climate change and the need for mitigation and adaptation and and building resilience all in that package and yesterday are mark up with great deal with many room, supporting the bill that that was brought forth. That had to do with the establishing an additional Wilderness areas Mystikal’s bill again. I think that there is opportunity Center and the the pieces of legislation will be coming forth will not only will provide an opportunity for a republican colleagues to join in, as they have on some other pieces of legislation, but whether they join in or not. The importance of delete that the speaker just made is that we need to move forward at the, but the opportunity will be there. I want to make one comment. We are absolutely going to try to be as bipartisan as possible, but I want to remind you of that president of the Maldives. She does not care whether or not we pass bipartisan legislation. She cares that we are, and so we will do the right thing and but for me personally, I’ll be led by Winston Churchill’s advice that the time for baffling half-measures is come to a close we’ve been ordinary. Have consequences? Are you committing to do doing major climate report? Yes, and that is the purpose of the select committee, not just to be an academic endeavor, how to report to the legislative committees so that we can act upon it and build along the way in the public. The fact that Congress is acting, thank you for your question, because I probably know that when we came back, what is the questions we had with? What is Congress going to do now? But Congress is going to act upon the science in the legislative way with everyone at the table, whether it’s business and labor and bios and labor, safe organizations and and concerned scientists of America. The Grassroots and the rest, your shape, something that is unifying on this subject and by the way in other countries. This isn’t any that was sick from other countries. It isn’t an issue of difference between the parties or among the parties of the case. Maybe everyone agrees. The challenges there, we must act and the next year to come, will be in Glasgow and we already met with the person who’s heading that up. I guess her title is now president McGuire and she was telling us that she was instituted her work under the leadership of primaries, Theresa May and and Stokes. Obviously, the UK. This is Unified position, but we found that we’ve been finding that over the years across the globe. It’S the urgency. The urgency is there, but it is it’s pretty exciting and we must have good news from the Senate that there’s some at least private conversations. Would you say of of interest in doing something? We just hope that the present will change his mind. Next year we have the G7 meeting in the United States. What happened at the G7? You know that this G7 heads of state takes place. They may not be aware, following that: buy Malta to is the G7 heads of Parliament, and so we will be hosting the G7 heads of parliament at the last meeting, which was in Brest friend to talk about the oceans. I had the statement about. We did, as a part of me, went downstairs theme, which is a climate crisis, economic, environmental, justice. The environmental justice is a very important part of, as we learned at the vulnerable as we further learned at the Nations conference, not only for vulnerable Nation, but for phone off of people with in all indigenous people in the rest within all of our country. So we’re going to be having that what the curious to me is when we announced our title here, but a few weeks ago, when we had the G7 here we’re not going to be talking about climate. Well, hopefully, we’ve change the political climate of all of that. Between now and then, and that they will it’s an issue they they cannot afford. So again, I said my Collies for all the actions they have taken for the experience judge, making sense of purpose that they bring to this again. We invite the fullest participation the outside mobilization, which will make all the difference in the world. Thank you.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a Congressional delegation discuss key takeaways from their visit to the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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