Climate Hawk Democrats named to House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

  • Published on February 12th, 2019

Climate Hawks Vote congratulates the nine Democratic members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, including three Climate Hawks Vote endorsees.

By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

“We were with Sean Casten (IL-06) from the beginning, back when we were the only national green group to endorse him. His depth of knowledge on energy issues, from academic theory to practical applications, is extraordinary.”

Mike Levin (CA-49), a clean energy attorney, has shown that clean energy creates jobs. He’ll bring the same political skill to the select committee as he has shown by winning a district long thought solidly red.”

Don McEachin (VA-04) has emerged as one of the leading Congressional voices on environmental justice. The Green New Deal has, at its heart, justice for people — and he’ll ensure it remains true.”

Other members of the committee include chair Kathy Castor (FL-14); Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03); Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01); Julia Brownley (CA-26); fierce climate hawk Jared Huffman (CA-01); and Joe Neguse (CO-02).

On a personal note, I’m deeply gratified to see Julia Brownley CA-26) added to the committee. I live in California’s 26th District and I survived the Woolsey Fire. The western half of the district burned in the Thomas Fire, California’s then-largest wildfire in history; the eastern half burned in the Woolsey Fire; and sea level rise is coming for the naval base at Pt. Mugu. I trust that Rep. Brownley will bring frontline community voices of Ventura County to the committee.

Here’s the statement by Committee chair Cathy Castor:

“The newly appointed Democratic members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis are ready to stand up to corporate polluters and special interests as we press for urgent action to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move toward a clean energy economy with a qualified workforce and a just transition.  Climate deniers, fossil fuel companies and other special interests have had an outsized influence in promoting outdated, dirty policies and we will stand up to these forces – we have no choice.  We do not have the time for distractions or delay.  Our moral obligation to act includes a responsibility to ensure that Americans who suffer disproportionately from climate change – workers, communities of color and low-income Americans – enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards as the wealthy.

“The Committee will propose new national policies for a clean energy economy based upon recommendations from citizens across America.  This Committee’s work will be informed by settled, cutting edge science and research focused on how climate change is impacting our people and communities – and how we overcome these impacts.  As President Kennedy once said at an earlier watershed moment in our nation’s history, ‘Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.  And man can be as big as he wants.  No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.  Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable – and we believe they can do it again.’

“Climate change is not up for debate – it is real and its costly consequences are undeniable.  We must act boldly together, and I look forward to working with this distinguished and determined group of colleagues to do just that.”

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.