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house Bill H. Res. 424

Does Congress Need to Commit to Addressing Climate Change?

Argument in favor

While it doesn’t actually call for the implementation of these policies, this bill lays out a path forward for Congress to act on climate change. It acknowledges both the needs of the U.S. economy and the need for current generations to be responsible stewards of the environment.

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10/12/2015
"Climate change is a planetary crisis." [twitter.com]
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10/12/2015
"We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most sever drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgement of science — and act before it's too late." [whitehouse.gov]
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10/12/2015
"The science is unmistakable: Earth’s climate is changing and human activities are contributing to climate change. Climate change endangers our health and national security, it threatens agricultural production and access to clean water, and it risks floods and droughts." [theguardian.com]
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Argument opposed

First of all, this resolution doesn’t offer any specific policies to address the problem, so it’s pretty much meaningless. But it also makes numerous assumptions about the causes and effects of climate change, and doesn’t adequately weigh the cost to the economy of taking action.

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10/12/2015
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." [twitter.com/RealDonaldTrump]
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operaman's Opinion
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09/25/2015
No! The Government should be committed for believing in Climate Change.
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John's Opinion
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09/25/2015
Do not sacrifice a single penny on this Marxist hoax. And stop calling it Climate Change now that Global Warming has been proven bogus. The climate changes every day. You cannot predict the weather 2 hours from now, but you expect us to believe you can predict it 20 years from now when every single Global Warming model has been completely wrong.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 424?

This resolution suggests that the House of Representatives needs to work constructively on addressing climate change by embracing the tradition of American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism. It calls for the House to embrace broadly supported private and public solutions to address the causes and effects of climate change to mitigate activities that worsen the problem.


In determining that these policies should be pursued, the House would acknowledge several findings that spurred the introduction of this resolution, including the following:

  • It is a conservative principle to conserve and be stewards of the environment, which includes planning for market forces and utilizing science to justify policies;

  • Such conservation and stewardship is critical for the preservation of the environment for future generations;

  • There’s been a marked increase in extreme weather across the U.S., leading to drought, floods, wildfires, and water shortages. These have had negative impacts in all regions of the country, and are expected to worsen;

  • Increased pollutants contribute to environmental and health impacts at all levels of society, from localities to the nation as a whole;

  • Climate change poses a threat to national defense, as its effect on the global level aggravate poverty and environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions;

  • If unaddressed, the consequences of climate change will negatively impact all Americans, but particularly the most vulnerable populations. It will hurt productivity in many sectors of the economy, and burden future generations with greater economic and environmental challenges;

  • All efforts taken to address climate change shouldn’t constrain the U.S. economy — particularly with regard to global competitiveness;

  • There is an increasing recognition that we can and must take meaningful and responsible action now to address this issue.


As a simple resolution, this legislation would not advance beyond the House of Representatives if it were to pass, and is not binding.

Impact

All Americans — including current and future generations, government and the private sector, and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 424

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: The lead sponsor of this resolution, Rep. Christopher Gibson (R-NY), believes that:
“All too often, the conversation about appropriate and balanced environmental stewardship gets caught up partisan politics. Yet, this conversation is key to the preservation of our great country for generations to come; as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future.”

Rep. Gibson has been joined by 10 other House Republicans who have signed on as cosponsors to this bill.


Of Note: This resolution was introduced the week prior to Pope Francis’ visit to Washington D.C., where he would become the first Pope to address a joint session of Congress. Within his speech, Pope Francis called for action to “avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.”


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Jeff Pang)

Official Title

Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to conservative environmental stewardship.

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    IntroducedSeptember 17th, 2015
    "Climate change is a planetary crisis." [twitter.com]
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    "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." [twitter.com/RealDonaldTrump]
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    "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most sever drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgement of science — and act before it's too late." [whitehouse.gov]
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    "The science is unmistakable: Earth’s climate is changing and human activities are contributing to climate change. Climate change endangers our health and national security, it threatens agricultural production and access to clean water, and it risks floods and droughts." [theguardian.com]
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    "Ignoring the scientific evidence is 'almost like denying gravity now.'” [washingtontimes.com]
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    In my lifetime, I have bore witness to effects that are generally classified as "climate change." Since Congress's inception, we have drained swamps, diverted water, deforested huge swaths of land & even planted non-indigenous flora to make Washington D.C. more habitable & enjoyable. It turns out that these feats of engineering & American ingenuity have had repercussions on the environment we live in - some good, some bad. This legislation simply asks Congress to recognize that the environments Americans live in are rapidly changing -- not just for our own sake or our children's but their children's & all future generations of Americans. Let's innovate our way to a better tomorrow!
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    To deny climate change is to deny the facts. The only ones denying climate change are basically one political party, and a very small handful of scientists. Look at the evidence, look at the data. Don't let politicians and big business decide for you. The vast majority agree of the reputable scientific community agree that climate change is real; although they differ on the degree of the change, and the timetables assigned to its most dire elements. Is it really worth risking the future of our children and grandchildren by just saying (so) simply, "nah, it's just some type of politicized hoax?" On an issue so big that it is global, and knows no boundary lines, and plays no favorites, I'd rather err on the side of caution.
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    The commitment to our environment is crucial to the future of this and other sea bound countries.
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    No! The Government should be committed for believing in Climate Change.
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    Do not sacrifice a single penny on this Marxist hoax. And stop calling it Climate Change now that Global Warming has been proven bogus. The climate changes every day. You cannot predict the weather 2 hours from now, but you expect us to believe you can predict it 20 years from now when every single Global Warming model has been completely wrong.
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    Stupid question. But one that unfortunately needs addressing. And even if it's a hoax, how does it hurt us in the long run? Isn't it better to take care of this one habitable world rather than act like it doesn't matter? Short term financial goals will look pretty stupid when we've heated the place up to the point that everything about it changes.
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    So we can say the climate is changing but you cannot point to what the cause is. The planet and climate have changed a lot long before we were here!
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    ".@POTUS’s clean power plan is a great step fwd, & I’d expand it to cover large emission sources beyond power plants"[twitter.com]
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    Turns out, economies don't exist when the planet is barren.
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    Our environment hosts the entire human population. We haven't been treating our home with respect, as seen by our exponential dumping of wastes, creation of pollution, mild ignorance of ozone depletion, etc. The climate isn't something we can change at the last minute, it is something that needs constant nurturing and a watchful eye if we want to live on a planet with minimal dangers. By starting to focus more seriously on the environment, we are taking the first step to leading more cautious lives so future generations won't have to clean up after our mess and so we keep our symbiotic relationship between mankind and nature in good terms. Let humanity not be a parasite to this planet, but rather a catalyst to its growth and development, benefitting both us and them.
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    Yes,but I fear we will have to wait for a democratic government. We know that the GOP will do nothing.
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    Climate change is part of the liberal agenda. Spend our time and money on our military and defense.
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    The current period of global warming began at the peak of the last ice age approximately 12,000 years ago. Clearly, the 12,000 years of global warming, has neither been triggered by human activity nor perpetuated by human activity. I am sad that there are those in science and politics who use global warming and the ignorance of the electorate to divert massive sums of tax dollars into this none sense. We have so many real problems that are being squeezed out of funding due to this massive abuse of the public trust and treasure.
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    You're scientifically illiterate if you refute the empirical evidence and research that show the threats of climate change. Congress needs to stop being so shortsighted and focus on preserving our planet instead of destroying the Middle East.
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    This climate chane is a hoax
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