On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the first climate bill in almost a decade that would prevent President Donald Trump from abandoning the Paris climate agreement.
The bill, called the Climate Action Act Now, was passed in the House with a vote of 231-190. If approved, Trump would be required to draw up a plan to fulfill the commitment of the United States, established under President Barack Obama, of the Paris climate agreement. The Paris agreement required the United States to reduce its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.
Rhea Suh, chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, responded to the vote on a declaration. "Nothing demonstrates better the new climate leadership in Congress than today's vote," Suh said. "The House of Representatives is responding to the growing demands, of all quarters, of actions to combat rising costs and the growing dangers of climate change. And it is signaling to the country, and to the world, that the Americans intend to fulfill the promises we made in Paris. "
The measure is not expected to be passed in the Republican-controlled Senate. in the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said previously that the legislation "will not go anywhere."
Even if approved in the Senate, it is unlikely that the project will receive Trump's signature. Trump announced that he would withdraw from the agreement, although the US can not do so before the end of 2020. If approved, the Climate Action Act would now prevent the administration from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement.
Still, Democrats in the House of Representatives are optimistic that a bill like the Climate Action Act can now help spur climate change talks in Congress. "It's one of the first," said Rep. or Khanna (D-CA) about the measure. "I do not think I can be the only one." Khanna has supported the Green New Deal, which aims to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in an equitable manner.
"We're going to need a lot of bills to tackle climate change, so this is a good start," Khanna continued.