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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youngstown, OH – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) urged the United States Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding to update the water control plans for the three reservoirs feeding the Mahoning River: Berlin Reservoir, Michael J Kirwan Reservoir, and Mosquito Creek Lake. The water control manual containing the water control plan was originally developed in the late 1970s.
Washington, DC—U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) today introduced H.R. 7049, the Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act, to strengthen efforts to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. The bipartisan legislation would create a special postage stamp designed to raise money to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) made the following state regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back the Clean Power Plan:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) today introduced 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.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the inclusion of $300 million in the Interior Appropriation Bill dedicated to fully funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). President Trump’s first budget proposal to Congress sought to eliminate funding for this important program. Despite this inclusion of funding, Congressman Ryan was forced to vote against the bill because of draconian cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other important programs. The measure passed 30-21 in a roll call vote.