“As a prime contractor and conservationist, I know first-hand that if we want to tackle our changing climate, we need to find real solutions that can all support our farmers, environmentalists and industry,” Braun said. At the congressional level, too, there are signs that environmental concerns can bridge the partisan divide. Both houses of Congress have implemented bipartisan climate solutions. The House Climate Solutions Caucus, chaired by Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) and Francis Rooney (R-FL-19). currently has 23 Republicans and 41 Democrats. The Senate Committee on Climate Change is a very new initiative announced by Senator Michael Braun (R-IN) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). They are currently their only members, but they have plans for an equal number of Republicans and Democrats that have yet to be announced. 153 The bill is “a very aggressive, climate-focused version of a carbon tax,” Noah Kaufman, an economist at Columbia University and author of the study, told me. In the first year of the law, a price of 15 $US is imposed for each ton of carbon pollution. These fees then increase by at least 10 $US per year – except in years when pollution does not decrease fast enough, in which case the costs would increase by 15 $US. By 2030, the U.S. could see a carbon price of more than 100$US per tonne, which will increase the cost of a gallon of gas by at least 90 cents.
Climate and clean energy policies in allied countries have attracted billions of dollars in new investment and helped create more than 1.7 million clean energy jobs, more than half of the entire United States. Independent analysis, highlighted in the Alliance`s 2018 Annual Report, shows that not only do Allied states outperform non-Allied countries in reducing their emissions, but they also allow their economies to grow faster. Between 2005 and 2016, Allied states reduced their emissions by 14% compared to the national average of 11%. Over the same period, the combined economic performance of allied states increased by 16 per cent, while the rest of the country increased by only 14 per cent. The alliance shows that climate leadership and economic growth go hand in hand. 143 See p. Suresh, Climate Change Denial Is a War on Humanity, Fair Observer (13 February 2018), www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/donald-trump-scott-pruitt-climate-change-epa-news-13421/. In the past, there were more climate-friendly Republicans in the House of Representatives, but their numbers were “decimated” in the 2018 election, Rooney said. Half of the Republicans in the bipartisan climate solutions caucus lost their seats last year. 2016: Creation of the Climate Solutions Caucus. In February 2016, Congress members Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) created the bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the House of Representatives. The caucus describes its mission by explaining to members “economically viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our country`s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety.” The caucus added dozens of members in Republican-Democratic couples.
1992: The Senate approves the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The process of developing a global agreement to combat climate change began in the early 1990s. In 1992, President George H.W. became President.