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DeFazio Testifies Before House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Nov 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today delivered testimony before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. DeFazio, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, was invited by the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to share actionable policy ideas for reducing greenhouse gas pollution and ensuring American communities are resilient to the impacts of the climate crisis. His testimony will help the Select Committee draft a congressional climate action plan and deliver policy recommendations to the standing committees of jurisdiction in the spring of 2020. Following are excerpts from DeFazio’s testimony as well as a statement from the Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. A video of DeFazio’s testimony can be found here. DeFazio’s extended testimony can be found here.


Castor Statement

“Welcome to Chair DeFazio,” said Chair Castor. “He is going to be a lynchpin on our congressional climate action plan with his focus on green job creation through investments in resilient infrastructure, a shift from carbon-based fuel to electric and zero-emission vehicles, and transit and carbon free modes of transportation. I look forward to working with you to chart the way forward.”


DeFazio Excerpts

“…Climate change is an existential threat to the planet as we know it, and we have a moral obligation to act aggressively and immediately. Congress has a duty to ensure the youth of today and future generations inherit an environment that is healthy and sustainable.

“…Yet it’s critical to ensure that our policies do not unintentionally hurt struggling low income, rural communities, or benefit some regions while penalizing others.

“…At twenty-nine percent, the transportation sector is now the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.  Within the transportation sector, passenger and freight vehicles contribute 83 percent of global warming emissions. Congress must act to combat this, and as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I intend to comprehensively tackle the transportation system’s effect on climate change as part of the upcoming surface transportation bill.

“…Let me be clear: I will not stand by as our earth lurches toward a state that cannot support life.  I am open to any and all ideas to overcome our climate crisis.  One thing is certain: we cannot give up. We don’t have to. We already have solutions that will put us on the road to lower carbon emissions, we just need the political will to act. You can count on me to continue working to end the most critical issue facing our world.”