Paris Climate Summitby Representative Barbara Lee
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Paris
This international summit provides us with a historic opportunity to collectively tackle climate change head on.
An agreement from this summit would--for the first time--produce an ambitious, effective, and transparent international work plan.
Thanks to President Obama, our nation has already made real progress in addressing climate change.
The President has taken bold steps with the Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants. By 2030, this plan would prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in children--while spurring economic growth by creating tens of thousands of jobs and saving average families nearly $85 a year in energy costs.
It's a win-win for families, public health and our planet.
Sadly, Republicans are trying to dismantle these and other limits on polluters and pollution at every turn.
Mr. Speaker, we have a moral obligation to protect our world for future generations by investing in renewable energy sources.
I am proud that my district is home to more than 70 solar companies. In the East Bay, our green energy future is rapidly being transformed into a reality.
Now, our nation and the world must join this movement. Too many people, especially in communities of color and low-income communities, are already feeling the impact of climate change on their daily lives. It's past time to address this issue. Our children and grandchildren deserve a planet worth inheriting.