STATEMENTS: Leaders from BlueGreen Alliance React to House Passage of Climate Action Now Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which would ensure the United States remains a party to the Paris Agreement and work to meet its commitments under the agreement. In response, The BlueGreen Alliance released the following statements from United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, and BlueGreen Alliance Interim Co-Executive Director Mike Williams:

May 2, 2019

“Climate change is without doubt one of the greatest problems our nation faces. After years of leading in innovation and the development of the technology to combat this crisis, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would be reckless. Such an action would strike a blow to the U.S. economy and environment that would be felt for years. The Climate Action Now Act is an important piece of legislation that would protect our nation from this ill-thought-out action.” – USW International President and BlueGreen Alliance Co-Chair Leo W. Gerard.

“To protect public health, to create family-sustaining clean energy jobs, and to provide a future for this generation and those to come, we must tackle the climate crisis. While Donald Trump and Washington Republicans continue to stick their heads in the sand, Congressional Democrats are continuing to make the case for bold climate action by recognizing that the Paris Agreement is a critical pathway for tackling the climate crisis, increasing global cooperation, and investing in the booming clean energy economy. The Sierra Club applauds Speaker Pelosi, Representatives Engel, Pallone, and Castor, and House Democrats for once again showing what climate leadership looks like.” – Sierra Club Executive Director and BlueGreen Alliance Co-Chair Michael Brune.

“Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would be a disaster—not only for our environment—but for our economy and for communities across the nation already feeling the impacts of climate change. Americans don’t want to back away from climate action. They want a new plan for the future that will address this crisis, grow good-paying jobs, and build a strong foundation for our nation to lead the world in designing, manufacturing, and installing the technology we need to build a strong clean energy economy. The Climate Action Now Act is a welcome step in the right direction to building that future.”  – BlueGreen Alliance Interim Co-Executive Director Mike Williams.