In July 2017, Trump announced his plan to formally withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020. The international agreement aims to limit global warming this century to 2 degrees Celsius and has been signed by 174 countries and the European Union. When the U.S. originally signed on to the Paris Agreement, we committed to reducing emissions to 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. Although the Paris Agreement is non-binding, it is a milestone for international cooperation and leadership to combat the causes and impacts of climate change.
H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, would require the US to remain in the Paris Agreement and require the president to develop a plan to achieve Agreement benchmarks. It would also prohibit the use of federal funds to advance US withdrawal from the agreement.
Our state committed to seeking economically viable solutions to climate change with the passage HCR7 in 2018. Now it is time for our members of Congress to hear from constituents that we want to see viable climate solutions at the federal level.
UPDATE: A vote was held in the House passing HR 9. Rep. Ben McAdams voted in favor, while Reps. Bishop, Steward and Curtis voted against. Consider contacting your representative to give constructive feedback on their vote and ask them to prioritize viable climate solutions. Senators have yet to voted on HR 9. Contact our two senators to ask for their support of HR 9 and climate solutions.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Contact your two U.S. senators and one House rep and talk to them about the importance of remaining in the Paris Agreement and seeking innovative and viable climate solutions that allow us to be good environmental stewards while growing the economies of the state and nation. Ask them to overcome partisan divides and follow the desire of the people to support HR 9.
Sen. Mitt Romney 202-224-5251 (DC) // 801-524-4380 Twitter: @senatorromney // Facebook: @mittromney
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): 202-225-7751 (DC) // 801-851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): 202-225-3011 (DC) // 801-999-9801 (West Jordan)
US Capitol switchboard: (202)-225-3121
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