House Passes First Major Climate Bill in 10 Years

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By Olivia Rosane , EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch . The U.S. House of Representatives approved its first major climate change legislation in a decade on Thursday, Reuters reported . The Climate Action Now Act would require President Donald Trump to keep the U.S. in the Paris agreement , mandating that he outlines steps to reduce greenhouse emissions and prohibiting him from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement. The bill passed 231 to 190, with three Republicans crossing the aisle to approve it with the Democrats. It is unlikely to pass the Senate, but the Democrats see it as a way to stake out a climate position ahead of the 2020 election and to signal to the international community that a future Democratic president would stay in the agreement, The Washington Post reported . “Passing this bill is an important signal to our allies, and my expectation is that when we act, we’ll see increased ambition from them, too,” Democratic Florida Representative Kathy Castor, who sponsored the legislation and chairs the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, told the press before the vote, as The Washington Post reported. Thanks in large part to the work […]

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