On Nov. 27, Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-22), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Francis Rooney (FL-19), John Delaney (MD-06), and Charlie Crist (FL-13) introduced H.R. 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (EICDA). This is the first bipartisan carbon pricing bill of its kind and is an exciting advancement of Congressional efforts to price carbon emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded today’s introduction of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (EICDA) by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), John Delaney (D-MD), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Francis Rooney (R-FL).
The recent midterm elections gave us new reasons to hope that Congress will pursue policies to curb the harmful effects of climate change. The election of new members with professional scientific backgrounds, and members who campaigned on a climate platform, brings important momentum to addressing the issue.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) joined 132 faith-based organizations from 33 states in urging the Trump Administration to reverse the rollbacks of crucial environmental safeguards.
The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a landmark report on the levels of warming our planet can safely withstand and the steps we will need to take to avert a climate crisis. The prognosis is even worse than many had previously thought.
Methane is an incredibly dangerous greenhouse gas. Although it does not last as long as carbon dioxide, it traps 86 times more heat in its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Scientists consider this gas to be a major contributor to climate change.
This year we have seen some of the most extreme and disastrous weather events in recent memory. Wildfires ravaged large stretches of land near my hometown in northern California and burned thousands of structures in Santa Barbara last year. In 2018 things have gotten worse.