Thank you for contacting me to express support for H.R. 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.
As you may know, H.R. 3671 outlines a plan for the United States to transition from fossil fuels to complete clean energy reliability by 2035. This plan includes a clean energy mandate, placing a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects and banning crude oil and liquid natural gas exports. This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on September 1, 2017, and was referred to multiple committees including the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Transportation and Infrastructure. While I do not serve on these committees, you can count on me to keep your views in mind should this bill come to the House floor for my consideration.
The science is clear and it is widely accepted in the scientific community that if we continue to emit greenhouse gasses at current rates, we will see increased signs of climate instability, including a spike in severe weather patterns, rising sea levels and damage to natural resources and wildlife. These effects could have a major impact on our quality of life and could result in a devastating loss of life and property.
President Trump has shown an alarming willingness to reverse the progress that the United States has made to address climate change. In addition to the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, his naming of climate-denier Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency and his executive order initiating a review of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan have done nothing but put our children and grandchildren at greater risk.
Despite the president’s failure of leadership on climate change, I have been heartened by the actions taken at the state and local level to show that the U.S. can still commit to reductions of carbon emissions. I will continue to use my position in the House to advocate for sensible policies that will protect future generations, and I encourage you to continue to apply pressure to policymakers and work within your community to reduce your own carbon footprint. Individual and local change can and does make an important difference.
Louise M. Slaughter
Member of Congress
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