'How dare you!' Why the House hasn't voted on climate change

October 10, 2019
In The News

If you listen closely, you can hear a 16-year-old girl's cry for help. "How dare you!"

Her young voice echoes hauntingly through the air as it falls on the ears of those crazy enough to clog up intersections in Washington, D.C., and cities across the world.

Those in the room last week at the United Nations listening to her desperate cry for help applauded. What else can they do? They clap because it looks like they care. They applaud something they say they believe, but will never act on.



World leaders and transnational elites take off from the UN, Davos, and global climate forums in high-pollution private jets, washing their hands of responsibility. After speaking their piece, they leave without solutions, leaving future generations holding the bag, and facing the reality of more frequent hurricanes, higher temperatures, and increased air pollution.

I wish climate change wasn’t real. I wish I could do what many other politicians are doing: sitting back, relaxing, and talking about how great the Green New Deal is — how anything short of such a $93 trillion boondoggle is somehow betraying the world’s children. Meanwhile, floor speeches and exhortations to “think of the children” do nothing to make progress, or make concrete progress toward solving climate change.

A melting Arctic, and increasingly-powerful hurricanes devastating our coasts, make it clear that we cannot, and must not, maintain the Congressional status quo.

The Left pretends to care but does nothing. The American people care, too, and want us to do something.



A growing number of people realize the threat of climate change. A recent Gallup poll showed 44% of adults in the United States care a “great deal” about the threat of climate change; another poll found that 65% of Americans were at least “somewhat worried” by it. Democrats, take note: another recent poll shows that young people are increasingly willing to cross party lines to find solutions.

We don’t have to be divided. We can work together. We can solve this together.

When I introduced the "Green Real Deal" earlier this year, my vision was to start a national conversation to figure out innovative, practical ways to reduce emissions, and preserve the earth for generations to come.

My proposal is meant to decrease dependence on the federal government for climate solutions. I believe every state in our great nation should take it upon itself to find innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

Myriad solutions have been proposed by members willing to work across the aisle. The Smart Manufacturing Act would allow the Department of Energy to work with small and medium-sized business to develop smart manufacturing programs and reduce their carbon footprint. Encouraging small business to innovate and help the planet at the same time is a common-sense step forward.



The USE IT Act encourages federal, state, and non-governmental groups to collaborate in the development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration facilities, as well as pipelines for carbon dioxide. This legislation has bipartisan support in both Houses of Congress, and would likely receive strong support if given the light of day by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a vote. Why isn’t it on the House schedule? Because Democrats seem to be more interested in the narrative of climate change than in solutions.

Finally, the Super Pollutants Act of 2019 encourages the development of measures to reduce the number of short-lived climate pollutants plaguing the air. I’m proud to co-lead this legislation, along with my colleague and friend Rep. Scott Peters of California. Climate change is a bipartisan problem. Peters and I are approaching it with bipartisan solutions.

Working across the aisle. Individual pieces of legislation, taking small step to fight climate change. Real solutions to real problems.

It seems easy. But I guess it makes too much sense for Washington, D.C.

The problem is not that we lack solutions. The problem is that the same people who won’t even vote on their own ‘Green New Deal’ would rather block traffic in Washington, D.C., than stand up, take action, and pass meaningful legislative solutions.

While our polar ice caps melt and politicians blow hot air, the climate in Congress is still frigid.

How dare Speaker Pelosi swindle the American people by never even giving legislative solutions the dignity of a vote on the floor of Congress? How dare leftist Democrats prop up their faux climate change solutions on the framework of the regulation-riddled “Green New Deal?” How dare global elites leave the next generation coughing in their jet fumes?

We’ve brought the solutions. We’ve brought options. Speaker Pelosi, the ball is in your court. Will you let us vote?