Ruppersberger Issues Statement in Support of Select Committee on Climate Change
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today issued a statement in support of a select committee to explore climate change policy proposals:
“Recent assessments completed by both the United States government and the United Nations have determined that bold and immediate action must be taken to mitigate the effects of climate change that are wreaking havoc on our planet. I could not agree more, which is why I have decided to support a select committee to consider solutions including the proposed Green New Deal.
We need to work harder and faster to become a carbon-neutral nation and world. The consequences of waiting any longer are too great, not just for our environment, but our economy and security.
My support of a select committee is in keeping with a strong record on climate change and environmental protection. I have supported aggressive anti-carbon measures in the past, including landmark efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a cap-and-trade system. I have vocally opposed gas and oil exploration off the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve asked President Trump to formally recognize the findings of the most recent National Climate Assessment and continue to urge him to re-sign the Paris Climate Agreement.
Recently, I fought for a new windfarm off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, which will create “green” jobs for Second District families, where the wind turbines will be manufactured. We need to do this on a national and global level, which is the heart of the New Green Deal proposal.
I want to thank my many colleagues who have been working on climate policy for years. I would hope the select committee will work in concert with the existing committees of jurisdiction that will have the ultimate legislative authority.”