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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

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. 

February 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and David Joyce (R-OH-14) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to increase investment in the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area by extending funding reauthorization 15 years, to 2036, and increasing the funding cap by $10 million. The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area spans more than 110 miles between New Philadelphia and Cleveland.

February 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy announcement of a $100 million investment in support of the Biden Administration’s climate innovation agenda, which will fund transformative clean energy technology research and development projects. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) OPEN 2021 funding will help identify cutting-edge, disruptive clean energy technologies to address the climate crisis. 

September 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in favor of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which makes long-overdue reforms to U.S energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. This legislation promises to usher in a new era in American innovation in Northeast Ohio and across the nation.

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted for the FY 2021 spending bills for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies as well as Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies. The Energy and Water bill includes $5M in funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program that Lordstown Motors may apply for, despite the Trump Administration zeroing out program funding in the President’s FY 2021 budget.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

Boardman, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $100,000 in federal funds for Boardman Local School District to replace five busses.  Boardman Local Schools will receive these funds through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

April 3, 2020 Press Release

Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds GM-Honda announcement to use GM-LG Chem’s Ultium batteries, which will be built in Lordstown, Ohio, in a new joint venture to develop two new electric vehicles. 

February 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) voted today in favor of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 (H.R. 4031). This bill reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for another five years and increases authorized funding for the program from $300 million annually to $475 million annually by fiscal year 2026.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of Fiscal Year 2020 Domestic Appropriations Package (H.R. 1865), which contained the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Agriculture; Energy and Water Development; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; State-Foreign Operations; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bills. Congressman Ryan has served on the House Appropriations Committee since 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. 

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