Eleven years ago, under the leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Democrats created the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The committee was established to face climate change issues head on, holding hearings on topics such as clean technology, climate science, and energy independence. Even though the committee itself lacked the authority to draft legislation, it played a key role in shaping climate change bills, such as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which passed the House but failed in the Senate.
When Republicans took control of the House in 2011 they immediately moved to disband the committee, ignoring facts and the overwhelming evidence of the cause and impact of climate change. In the last 10 years we have seen extreme weather patterns become increasingly common, with massive hurricanes, severe droughts, and devastating wildfires becoming the new normal.
Due to the outcome of the 2018 midterm election, Democrats will again hold a majority in the House in 2019, and will have the opportunity to confront climate change with real facts and solutions. By re-establishing a house climate change committee we can confront our problems directly and arrive at real answers.
NOTE: A major scientific report that was mandated by Congress was issued last Friday, November 23rd, by 13 federal agencies that lays out the devastating effects of a changing climate on the economy, health and environment, including record wildfires in California, crop failures in the Midwest and crumbling infrastructure in the South. The New York Times story can be read here.
One call to make: Representative Richmond or Scalise
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I’m calling to urge the Representative to support the creation of a House Climate Change Committee. The report issued last Friday delivers a dire warning with devastating impacts on human health and quality of life. Only by facing our problems will we be able to arrive at real and sustainable solutions.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.