Climate in Congress (1/30–2/3)


The House voted to repeal 2 new Pro-Climate rules, threatened the EPA's existence & introduced more Anti-Climate legislation—but a bipartisan Pro-Climate effort emerged in Congress. 

Here's what happened in the second week...


• The House and Senate both voted to disapprove the new Stream Protection Rule, which was aimed at coal mining operations. (See who crossed the aisle to save the Stream Protection Rule.)


• The House voted to disapprove the new Waste Prevention, Resource Conservation Rule that would have regulated methane emissions. (See who crossed the aisle to save the methane regulations.)


• The bipartisan "Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017” was introduced in both the House and Senate (by Rep. Gosar, AR-4 & Sen. Heller, NV). It's one of the rare pieces of new climate legislation that boasts bipartisan cosponsorship.


Rep. Cheney (WY-At Large) introduced a resolution to disapprove the new Pro-Climate Bureau of Land Management Rule 2.0 (addressing climate change on public lands).


Rep. Gaetz (FL-1) introduced a bill to Terminate the EPA—yes, he introduced a bill to dissolve the entire Environmental Protection Agency.


Rep. Sensenbrenner (WI-5) introduced a bill to limit renewable fuel mandates.


Sen. Moore (WV) & Rep. Olson (TX-22) both introduced bills to delay the implementation of the EPA's 2015 Ozone standards.


• Rep. Krishnamoorthi (IL-8) introduced an essentially symbolic resolution committing the House of Representatives to support the Paris Agreement. The bill has 33 Democratic cosponsors.



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