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Addressing the Dangers of Climate Change

The threat of global climate change is one of the most critical issues facing our nation, and the world today. I believe that we owe it to future generations to tackle this problem head on and get serious in addressing the reduction of carbon emissions. The science is clear that if greenhouse gasses continue to be emitted at the current rate, we will see increased signs of climate instability, including more frequent severe weather, sea level rise and damage to natural resources and wildlife. These effects could have a major impact on our quality of life and could result in a devastating loss of life and property. I believe we must protect the integrity of the Clean Air Act and not reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) endangerment finding that greenhouse gases are harmful pollutants that threaten public health and welfare. Additionally, investing in alternative energy technologies necessary to combat global climate change will lay the foundation for renewed prosperity through the creation of clean energy jobs and the elimination of our addiction to foreign oil.

That is why I have consistently voted against House Republican spending bills that would cut investments in energy efficiency, clean energy like wind and solar, and advanced vehicle technologies. Furthermore, I am opposed to cuts to important agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, and the Energy Department. These entities only goal is to protect our country’s natural resources and improve our public health through environmental safeguards.

Protecting the Great Lakes

As a Member of Congress from Northeast Ohio, I understand the importance of protecting our waterways, especially the Great Lakes. That is why I am proud that my legislation to help prevent harmful algal blooms by requiring the EPA to appoint a coordinator to address the issue of these algal blooms in the Great Lakes was signed into law by President Obama. I believe it our duty as Ohioans to ensure that Lake Erie and the Great Lakes are able to thrive. Ohio’s abundance of fresh water is a vital resource and strategic advantage, and it’s critical that we do everything in our power to combat these harmful algal blooms that threaten the health and well-being of our state. 

More on Environment

November 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to passthe Build Back Better Act, legislation that is fully paid for by making big corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share. This vote comes days after President Biden signed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. Together, the Build Back Better Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will meet the urgent needs of Ohio families by creating jobs, cutting taxes, and delivering transformative investments that we need to compete with China. 

October 27, 2021 Press Release
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is announcing $6.89 million for Northeast Ohio through the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grants program. This program was passed by the Ohio General Assembly as part of House Bill 168 with funding that was appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act – which Ryan fought to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.
October 5, 2021 Press Release
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement today in support of protecting stepped-up basis in the current draft of the Build Back Better Act, which Congress is continuing to debate.
August 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauded President Biden’s latest actions to position America to drive the electric vehicle future forward, outcompete China, and tackle the climate crisis – including a target of 50% electric vehicle sales share by 2030.

July 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) today joined with Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA), David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) in introducing the bipartisan Battery Material Processing and Component Manufacturing Act, H.R. 4864, which aims to strengthen the domestic battery manufacturing industry by providing grants for the construction or retooling of facilities for processing battery materials or manufacturing of battery components. 

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after securing nearly $18 million for all ten local Community Funding Projects that he submitted in the government funding package that passed the House of Representatives today. 

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s FY22 budget. In addition to the transformative proposals in the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, and among its many important components, President Biden’s budget invests in creating jobs, rebuilding our public health infrastructure, taking action on climate change, and strengthening America’s place in the world. Across every agency, President Biden’s budget has a relentless focus on fostering equity.

May 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) today led a bipartisan coalition of House members in introducing the Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful (CATCH) Emissions Act, which will boost carbon capture tax credits for industrial facilities and power plants, resulting in less greenhouse gases and spurring additional innovation in clean energy technologies. Studies have shown how critical carbon capture will be to reaching US emissions targets, particularly for the industrial sector, and by adjusting the 45Q tax credit, more facilities like cement plants and steel mills w

May 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – At a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Subcommittee, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up the Mahoning River. Lt. Gen. Spellmon responded that the US Army Corps would be a partner in helping to get the river restored. Spellmon also said that he had spoken to the US EPA Administrator about finding a way to move forward on the Mahoning River.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement today in support of President Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal unveiled in a speech today in Pittsburgh, PA.