Brentwood Residents Association Newsletter: Ted Lieu Takes on Climate Change

March 27, 2019
Opinion: Op-Eds

Brentwood Residents Association Newsletter

When it comes to our future, there is no greater threat than climate change. I believe that strong federal action is necessary to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the world our children will inherit. Having a clean environment should not be a partisan issue. 

We can see the climate crisis unfolding before our eyes here in LA. Last fall, wildfires tore through California, making it the most destructive fire season on record. While those in the West dealt with fires, communities in the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were recovering from devastating hurricanes.

Climate change isn’t just a niche issue—it impacts every policy area from the economy to social justice. People living in poverty are disproportionately impacted by climate change because they have fewer resources to protect their homes and livelihoods from things like extreme weather. The impact of climate change forces people to leave their homes, creates food insecurity and destroys local jobs.

The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Failing to protect our planet will endanger the lives of millions, hurt our economy and jeopardize our children’s future. 

As one of the most technologically advanced and richest economies, the U.S. has a moral responsibility to strengthen our efforts to combat climate change. That is why I introduced the Climate Solutions Act to address this urgent crisis. First, the bill sets out a National Renewable Energy Standard to drive us towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Next, it creates a stringent National Energy Efficiency Standard to reduce energy usage and save consumers money. Finally, my legislation sets ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets to reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. More than a dozen of my colleagues in Congress have already cosponsored my legislation and I look forward to expanding the coalition.

I also support House Resolution 109, Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Create a Green New Deal, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey. It reaffirms our commitment to bold, necessary action on climate change.

It is urgent that Congress act now on climate change. I have heard from countless constituents who want bold action and I’m heartened by their enthusiasm. Together, we will fight for our future.