News from Safe Climate Caucus (May 15, 2015)

May 15, 2015
Press Release
 
In a speech on the House floor on Tuesday, Safe Climate Caucus chair Rep. Lowenthal (CA-47) called on Congress to “put aside partisan differences and begin to work on solutions to [climate change].”   He cited the recent announcement of a new climate record,  400ppm global average CO2 for a whole month, as “a serious and potent reminder that we have not yet acted on climate change.”  Rep. Lowenthal Floor Speech
 
“A NEW global record was set last week.  And this is not a good record.  The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide surpassed 400 parts per million for a whole month for the first time in at least 800,000 years.  This is a serious and potent reminder that we have not yet acted on climate change. The last time atmospheric CO2 concentrations were this high, the world was a much hotter place: There were forests in the arctic, and sea levels were meters higher than today. Our planet is telling us that climate change is happening.  We owe it to our constituents to put aside partisan differences and begin to work on solutions to this global problem.”        
              
In a video, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17), a member of the House Safe Climate Caucus, urged Congress to extend the solar investment tax credit and support efforts to reduce energy consumption such as his Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act.    Rep. Cartwright Video
 
“Congressional action through the Investment Tax Credit has also been a driving factor in spurring new solar installations and supporting the long-term viability of the solar industry. Since the tax credit was first implemented in 2006, solar installations have increased by 1,600% and more than 150,000 domestic solar jobs have been created. Congress should continue this valuable investment and innovation in solar power by supporting and extending the tax credit.” 
 
In the video Congressman Cartwright also explains his legislation for streamlining energy efficiency in schools, H.R.756: “There are numerous federal initiatives available to schools to help them become more energy efficient, however it can be time consuming and difficult for schools to navigate their options. This no-cost, commonsense legislation will streamline the federal government’s process and give schools a one stop shop to find energy efficiency help while still leaving decisions to states, school boards, and local officials about how to best meet the energy needs of their schools.”