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DeFazio Joins Juliana vs. United States Youth Plaintiffs at US Supreme Court in Call for Climate Action

Sep 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today joined Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs, and Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg at the United States Supreme Court to call on Americans to participate in the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 and urge leaders to take immediate action to address the climate crisis. In March, DeFazio backed the youth plaintiffs and their landmark constitutional climate lawsuit by filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Seven of the ​Juliana ​plaintiffs, including Kelsey Juliana of Eugene, Jacob Lebel of Roseburg, and Avery M. of Eugene were at the press conference. DeFazio’s remarks at the press conference can be found here.

“Kelsey, Jacob and Avery, and their cohorts in this lawsuit understand that the existential threat of climate change denies them the kind of future we should all be guaranteed under the Constitution,” said DeFazio. “I hope these brave young people will succeed in forcing my reluctant colleagues in Congress and the president to finally admit we need to take immediate action, and I hope Americans of all ages turn out on Friday for the Global Climate Strike to demand action now.”

As Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. DeFazio directed all six of his subcommittees to investigate ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. He is pushing to electrify our transportation sector and invest more in alternative modes of transportation. In addition, he is working to invest in green technologies that will unlock new eco-friendly fuel options and reduce carbon emissions.

Rep. DeFazio held the first-ever hearing in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the climate crisis this February. The hearing examined the role the transportation sector plays in climate change, explored the dual-track approach of mitigation and resiliency, and heard expert testimony in the public and private sector from those who have demonstrated solutions for reducing carbon emissions and building green resilient infrastructure.

Rep. DeFazio is working on legislation to reduce carbon emissions, electrify the national highway system, provide greener transit options and require that federal buildings become net-zero.