WASHINGTON, DC – You are probably hearing a lot of Democrats criticize the Trump administration’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, but not nearly as much about a leading House Democrat’s rejection of a bipartisan climate bill.
Let’s recap the Democrats’ hypocrisy cycle. Step 1: Democrats say they are willing to work together to reach bipartisan solutions when it comes to climate change. Step 2: Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) pushes his 100 by 50 climate plan. Step 3: Democrats reject bipartisan climate bills. Their hypocrisy on ‘collaborative’ climate solutions continues.
The key Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) is against including the “USE IT Act” among climate change provisions in the defense authorization bill. Republicans are rightfully calling out this key house Democrat for hindering the passage of a bipartisan bill that will support American innovation and decrease carbon emissions.
The Paris Climate Agreement was not a good deal for the United States. If we want to address international emissions in a meaningful way, let’s focus on measures like the USE IT Act – which will encourage the development and deployment of clean energy technologies here in the U.S., that then can be deployed around the world. That’s a solution that is good for American jobs and the economy, and for the air that we all breathe around the world.
Washington Examiner: Daily on Energy: Why a key Democrat is holding back a bipartisan climate bill
By Josh Siegel & Abby Smith
November 1, 2019
Republicans stung by criticism that they aren’t sincere about combating climate change are eagerly turning the tables on Democrats over Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone opposing the inclusion of the “USE IT Act” in a final defense policy bill being negotiated by Congressional leaders.
“There is no reason why Democrats in the House should stand in the way of bipartisan legislation that supports American innovation and reduces carbon emissions,” said Mike Danylak, a spokesman for Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso. Barrasso is a lead co-sponsor of the bill.
The USE IT Act would invest $50 million to research carbon capture and utilization technologies that would trap carbon from industrial facilities and reuse it for commercial products.
It would also facilitate the construction of pipelines to transport the captured emissions to where they can be sold, and set up a program to incentivize the creation of technologies that can suck carbon directly out of the air and store it underground, known as direct air capture.
A reminder this is Congress: Pallone’s opposition is rooted in procedural concerns. He supports the underlying bill and carbon capture in general, his office says.
“The USE It Act is a priority and the Chairman has made a commitment to his Senate colleagues to get it passed this Congress, but he simply doesn’t think its inclusion in NDAA is an effective way to get it done,” said a spokesperson for Energy and Commerce committee Democrats.
“This is one of those pieces where let’s get a bipartisan ‘W’ on climate and move on to the next one,” a House Republican familiar with discussions told Josh. “There’s a vehicle here right in front of us. That’s the path. Getting Republicans on board gives you a greater likelihood of making law in this divided Congress. The onus is on Democrats now.”
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