Congressman Tim Votes in Favor of the Climate Action Now Act
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.
“President Trump and this Administration need to wake up to the reality that climate change is real. His decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement diminished our standing in the world and demonstrated his inability to separate scientific fact from fiction. While we’re seeing a lack of leadership from the President of the United States, our young people are stepping up to fill that void. They’re leading the way on climate action, and I’m proud to support them and fight for them here in Washington. The Senate needs to join the House in passing this bill, so we can send a strong, unified message to the White House: Get a grip and get serious about combatting climate change.
“At the same time, it’s important to remember that this is just a first step. We can’t just slow climate change, we need to reverse it. The clean energy economy is growing at an exponential rate. We can invest in electric, wind, and solar and in doing so create jobs in coal country and distressed communities across the nation. A wind mill has 800 component parts—I want those built and assembled here in the United States. The President’s refusal to even acknowledge the threat of climate change is stunting America’s growth and keeping us living in the past. We’ve got to look ahead and attack this issue head on,” said Congressman Ryan.