House Climate Crisis Action Plan Highlights Haaland’s Climate Change Work
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action framework, highlighting Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s work to address climate change. Haaland’s 30 by 30 Resolution to Save Nature, Climate Stewardship Act, and 100% Clean Economy Act are important tools in the effort to solve the climate crisis.
“Our families, children and grandchildren deserve clean air, water, and land well into the future, but harmful policies have put their futures at risk from a climate crisis,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland. “As I’ve worked to address climate change during this Congress, I’ve proposed bold action that will move us toward a renewable energy revolution that gives our communities the tools for an equitable transition, creates good paying jobs, promotes natural climate solutions, and keeps families and our planet healthy. Now, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has included my ideas in an action plan that will address the challenge of our time.”
The Select Committee’s climate action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to:
- Grow our economy and put Americans back to work in clean energy jobs
- Protect the health of all families
- Make sure our communities and farmers can withstand the impacts of climate change
- Protect America’s land and water for future generations
Haaland wrote an opinion piece in the Hill outlining what will need to happen to ensure the country seizes the opportunity to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. The Select Committee’s plan would put the country on a path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, if not earlier. It would power economic recovery through clean energy investment and family-sustaining jobs, and address the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color.
“House Democrats recognize that we have the moral imperative to meet this moment with a bold climate action plan to reduce carbon pollution, create much-needed jobs to rebuild our economy, and tackle the systemic injustice of environmental racism head-on,” said Rep. Kathy Castor, Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
The full Select Committee report is available here.
Haaland’s Climate Stewardship Act will:
- Plant over 4 billion trees by 2030 and 15 billion trees by 2050, on a combination of federal, state, local, tribal, and non-governmental lands. The ambitious level of tree planting outlined in the Climate Stewardship Act makes it the biggest reforestation measure ever to be introduced in Congress.
- Plant over 100 million of these trees in urban neighborhoods across America, with the priority going to low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. In addition to sequestering carbon, trees also absorb harmful air pollutants and reduce temperatures in urban areas.
- Support voluntary climate stewardship practices on over 100 million acres of farmland, reducing or offsetting agricultural emissions by one-third by 2025, through:
- Providing tens of billions of dollars of supplemental funding for USDA working lands conservation programs, with new funding dedicated to stewardship practices such as rotational grazing, improved fertilizer efficiency, and planting tens of millions of new acres of cover crops.
- Protecting millions of acres of environmentally sensitive farmland.
- Doubling funding for agricultural research programs, including more funding for soil health demonstration trials.
- Tripling USDA funding to provide farmers with expert technical assistance on climate stewardship practices.
- Providing grant funding to tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers and rural businesses for renewable energy production, such as solar panels and wind turbines, and energy efficiency improvements.
- Invest in local and regional food systems to increase resilience in rural and urban communities.
- Restore or protect over 2 million acres of coastal wetlands by 2030 to sequester carbon emissions and reduce coastal flooding. Coastal wetlands act as an important sponge during extreme weather events with heavy rainfall. For example, although New Jersey has lost more than 40 percent of its coastal wetlands, the wetlands remaining helped prevent $625 million of property damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
- Reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide youth from low-income communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color with skills and work experience in forestry and wetlands restoration.
Haaland’s 30 by 30 Resolution to Save Nature will establish a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030 by:
- Working with federal agencies, local communities, Indian Tribes, States, and private landowners to conserve natural places and resources under their control;
- Including public incentives for private landowners to voluntarily conserve and protect areas of demonstrated conservation value and with a high capacity to sequester carbon and greenhouse gas emissions;
- Improving access to nature for all people in the United States, including for communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities;
- Using land and ocean of the United States to sequester and store carbon;
- Focusing work at a large-landscape scale that is biologically and ecologically meaningful;
- Preventing extinction by recovering and restoring animal and plant species;
- Stabilizing ecosystems and the services of ecosystems, restoring degraded ecosystems, and maintaining ecological functions; and
- Increasing economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and foresters.
Haaland co-led the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 with Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04). The bill lays out principles for federal agency action, including, but not limited to:
- Improving public health, resilience, and environmental outcomes, especially for low-income and rural communities, communities of color, Tribal and indigenous communities, deindustrialized communities, and other communities disproportionately impacted by climate change;
- Enhancing quality job creation and ensuring fairness and equity for workers and communities affected by the transition to a 100 percent clean economy;
- Providing benefits for consumers, small businesses, and rural communities; and
- Preparing communities for the impacts and risks of climate change.