Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment and Climate Change (116th Congress)

Walden Remarks at Hearing on Hydrofluorocarbons


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) remarks at an Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee hearing titled, “Promoting American Innovation and Jobs: Legislation to Phase Down the Use of Hydrofluorocarbons.”

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This morning’s hearing will examine a bill that would mandate a rapid phase down, in the United States, of the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

These substances, which contribute to climate change when emitted into the atmosphere, serve many important uses, including as a very critical ingredient in cooling and refrigeration equipment throughout our...

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What They Are Saying: House Democrats’ Partisan PFAS Bill DOA in the Senate


WASHINGTON, DC – What do firefighting foam, cell phones, medical devices, Kevlar, and solar panels have in common? They all contain chemicals. To be specific, they contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances—or PFAS. This chemical is resistant to heat, oils, stains, grease, and water – making them very important to the above products.

E&C Republicans agree that we must protect public health and the environment from the challenges that PFAS can present, but the legislation the House of Representatives is considering this week—H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019—is not the...

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Walden Responds to Democrats’ Partisan Climate Plan


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) responds to Energy and Commerce Democrats' partisan climate change proposal, the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation (CLEAN) Future Act:

"It's disappointing that the Democrats have – yet again – opted for politics over progress. If Democrats were serious about getting something done on climate change, they would seek to make law instead of engaging in partisan messaging exercises. Their climate bill is being developed without a single Republican member being involved. Republicans could have stood next to...

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