Climate Change and the Environment

House Passes Landmark Wildlife Protection Legislation In Infrastructure Package

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) hailed the passage of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, which was included in the text of in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, broad infrastructure legislation which passed in the House of Representatives today. The landmark wildlife protection bill would authorize federal agencies to designate National Wildlife Corridors on federal lands to boo... Read more »

House Passes Sweeping Infrastructure Investment Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today applauded the House’s bipartisan passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, broad transportation and infrastructure legislation. Beyer voted for the bill, which contained a number of provisions he authored. Beyer serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which helped develop the bill. Beyer’s contributions to the House-passed infrastructure bill include: HR 2795,... Read more »

Beyer Legislation Featured In Climate Crisis Action Plan

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the release of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis action plan, “Solving The Climate Crisis.” The plan recommended the adoption of legislation previously introduced by Beyer: HR 5162, the Green Vehicle Adoption Nationwide (VAN) Act, which would use tax credits to boost production of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, in the section “Building Block: Provide a Nati... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Climate Legislation To Reduce Emissions Using Federal Procurement Process

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U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the federal government through procurement processes. The Smarter Purchasing Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lead key government departments in a study to determine how to reflect the larger cost of carbon, also known as “shadow pricing,” when contracting for infr... Read more »

Beyer: “Trump Is Using This Pandemic As Cover To Allow More Air Pollution”

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Task Force on Climate Change, issued the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to weaken rules governing emissions of mercury and other toxic chemicals from power plants: “It’s hard to imagine a more disgraceful abuse of the EPA’s mission than increasing the amount of toxic chemicals at this... Read more »

Beyer On Weakened EPA Fuel Economy Standards: “Egregious And Disgraceful That They Did This Now”

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Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rollback of fuel economy standards: “This is not the time to weaken safety standards designed to protect public health. This is not the time to dirty our air with increased carbon and other air pollution that will particularly harm those with respiratory conditions. This is not the time to deny the a... Read more »

New Democrat Coalition Continues Leadership on Climate Change

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Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters, and NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Don Beyer, Sean Casten, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, endorsed an additional slate of bills. This package of bills presents forward-looking, politically durable solutions. With these endorsements, the NDC continues its leadership on climate change with a ... Read more »

Virginia Mercury: Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

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Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan By Robin Bravender - 1/30/2020 U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from th... Read more »

Beyer, House Democrats Unveil $760 Billion Framework to Make Transformative Infrastructure Investments Across U.S.

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Today, Rep. Beyer (D-VA) joined House Democrats to unveil a new framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. Those investments would create an estimated 10 million jobs addressing some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs, from the massive maintenance backlog, to designing safer streets, to putting the U.S. on a path toward zero carbon pollution f... Read more »

House Democrats Condemn FERC Attack On Clean Energy Economy

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) led a letter signed by 36 House Democrats to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) expressing serious concerns over a recent FERC order that would change the market structure for the nation’s largest electricity market, PJM Interconnection (PJM). In their letter, the Members argued the order will eventually rai... Read more »