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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

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. 

July 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019, legislation that would reauthorize the GLRI for another five years and increase authorized funding for the program from $300 million annually to $475 million annually by fiscal year 2026. The GLRI Act of 2019 (H.R.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) praised the House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill and the Defense Appropriations bill.

May 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies to fund the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program in the FY2020 Energy and Water appropriations bill. In a letter to Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Congressman Ryan also requested the committee direct DOE to move expeditiously in evaluating and awarding loan applications. This program was zeroed out in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) voted today in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. This bill ensures the United States honors the commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and calls on the President to develop and make public a plan for how the United States will meet the pollution reduction goals agreed to in 2015.

April 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Tim Walberg (MI-07) reintroduced the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Act to promote conservation efforts throughout the Great Lakes region. The bipartisan legislation provides federal assistance to Great Lakes states that administer voluntary assurance programs to help farms minimize agricultural pollution risks, like harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie.

March 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—In advance of Great Lakes Week, U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Tim Walberg (MI-07) have reintroduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen efforts to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. H.R. 1440, Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act, would create a special postage stamp designed to raise money to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Additional original co-sponsors include: Reps.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act—a public lands package that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and includes a provision removing the funding limitation in the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway Act of 1996. The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area was expected to hit the funding cap this year. Congressman Ryan introduced a bill in the 115th (H.R. 7081) and 116th (H.R.