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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Representing the 35th District of Texas

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Protecting Our Planet

We cannot continue ignoring the critical challenges facing Texas, our country, and our planet caused by climate change, that's why I am a sponsor of the Green New Deal and H.R.9, the Climate Change Now Act. Encouraging the expansion of renewable energy is vital for protecting our world, strengthening our national security, and boosting our economy.

Clean Energy

Enacting an energy policy that strengthens our economy and protects our health and the environment is long overdue. Texas, in particular, is well positioned to reap the benefits of the clean energy economy. Solar resource potential in Texas is among the highest in the nation and Texas already ranks first for installed wind capacity. Unfortunately, seniors, children, and those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma are at risk because of the polluters’ irresponsible efforts to avoid shifts to solar and wind power.

Unfortunately, the Trump Administration and some in Congress are turning a necessary policy debate into another forum in which to attack clean energy initiatives. As an active member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and a supporter of renewable energy tax credits, I agree with Pope Francis that we cannot continue to ignore the most critical environmental challenges. I will continue working toward an energy policy that makes the best use of taxpayer dollars to vigorously promote clean, renewable energy. With my support, Congress has already expanded tax incentives for renewable power and provided resources to help finance renewable energy facilities.

Climate Change and the Environment

As an active member of the House Safe Climate Caucus, I strongly oppose President Trump’s disastrous choice to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He has abandoned American families to the growing harm of climate change and surrendered leadership on renewable energy to foreign competitors, like China and Germany. At one time, conservation was a conservative value, but repeated Republican denial of science means more disease, flooding, fires, and extreme weather—more expensive disasters, lost lives and livelihoods.

As the recipient of the Texas League of Conservation Voters' inaugural Environmental Champion Award and with a lifetime score of 100% from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, I strongly support efforts to promote alternative energy and protect our National Parks.

I have spoken out against Republican attempts to dismantle law enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to silence environmental scientists and researchers. In the face of President Trump’s “alternative facts” and his proposed budget, which would slash the EPA’s budget by 26 percent from 2017, I am working to halt this march backward.

More on Protecting Our Planet

August 21, 2019 In The News
While reports forecasting a climate change apocalypse and doomsday climate scenarios may get our momentary attention, they are not producing action. Even as we see the impact of climate change in devastating, intensified weather and the spread of disease, we have not changed the hearts and minds of enough Americans—or, at least, those with the power to change the climate landscape.
July 18, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and House Budget Committee Member, along with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Chair of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, together with several colleagues, introduced the Green Transportation Act. This legislation directs cities and states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Because many parts of the country are not accounting for transportation emissions, this represents an important first step in seeking to reduce pollution by mandating the tracking of emissions and creation of local plans to reduce them, while providing federal support.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Doggett (D-TX) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives, urging passage of H.R. 9, the “Climate Action Now Act,” which could constitute some of the most significant climate legislation from this chamber in about a decade. He recognized the leadership of cities like San Antonio and Austin in committing to climate action. This legislation would ensure the United States honors our commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action. Congressman Doggett stated: “We need to lead on the road to clean, green energy—not get run over.”
January 4, 2019 In The News
LIMA, Peru — The top U.S. trade official on Friday took a first step toward potential sanctions on Peru for allegedly violating environmental protections aimed at combating illegal logging, a case that could have ramifications for the new North America free-trade deal.
January 4, 2019 In The News
WASHINGTON — The United States is accusing Peru of violating its commitment to protect the Amazon rain forest from deforestation, threatening to hold Lima in violation of the 2007 United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
September 11, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, offered the below comment on the Republican refusal to postpone the tax vote as Hurricane Florence approaches: