WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) signed on as a cosponsor to H.R.9, the Climate Action Now Act.
The bill requires the Administration to fulfill the commitments our country made in joining the Paris Climate Accord—it blocks the Administration from withdrawing the U.S. from the historic agreement and requires the Administration to put forth a comprehensive plan to address climate change and reduce pollution.
“Climate change is already affecting everything from farmers’ crops to the spread of Lyme disease in our Upstate communities. It is more important than ever that we take bold action to reduce the threat of climate change. That’s why we joined every country in the world in signing on to the Paris Climate Accord,” Delgado said. “We cannot just turn our back on the climate crisis or the commitment we made. I’m glad to join with my colleagues today to require that the Administration treat climate change as the crisis that it is.”
The United States joined almost 200 countries around the world in agreeing to the Paris Climate Accord, paving the way for historic progress toward addressing climate change. Each country that joined the agreement is responsible for putting forth a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. President Trump announced in 2017 that the U.S. would withdraw from the plan in November 2020. The bill introduced this week ensures the Administration cannot use federal funds to withdraw from the agreement.
Delgado has prioritized addressing climate change and protecting natural resources during his time in Congress. Last month, he announced his key priorities for creating new green jobs in Upstate New York and transitioning to a clean energy economy. During Delgado’s most recent in-district work period, he heard directly from community leaders and stakeholders about environmental priorities in the 19th Congressional District, meeting with the Upper Delaware Council, Town of Nassau officials, the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, and the Watershed Agricultural Council. He also gave the keynote address at the Mohawk Watershed Symposium.