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HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act - National Key Vote

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Title: Climate Action Now Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires the President to take environment policy actions previously committed to under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits the appropriation of any federal funds to take action to advance the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement (Sec. 3). 

  • Requires the President to develop and submit a plan both to the public and to Congress, for the United States to meet previously determined contribution under the Agreement that details (Sec. 4):

    • How the U.S. will achieve, by 2025, an economy-wide target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below U.S. emission levels in 2005,;

    • How the U.S. will use the Paris Agreement’s transparency provisions to confirm that other parties to the Agreement with major economies are fulfilling their announced contributions to the Agreement;

    • How the U.S. will use diplomatic tools to encourage and assist other parties to the Agreement to fulfill their announced contributions;

    • How the Paris Agreement’s loss and damage provisions would affect U.S. infrastructure resiliency; and

    • How the plan takes into consideration populations, regions, industries, and constituencies that could be affected by nationally determined contributions including:

      • American jobs, wages, and pay;

      • The cost of energy, such as electricity and gasoline, for consumers; and

      • The ability to develop and deploy new, innovative, domestically-produced technologies.

  • Requires the President to produce a report that examines the effect of the Paris Agreement on clean energy job development in rural communities (Sec. 5). 

  • Requires the President to enter into a contract with the National Academy of Sciences to produce a report that examines the potential impacts of withdrawal by the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on the global economic competitiveness of the U.S. economy and its workers, no later than 6 months after this Act goes into effect (Sec. 6). 

  • Defines “Paris Agreement” as the decision by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 21st Conference of Parties in Paris, France, adopted December 12, 2015 (Sec. 7).

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