Bustos Announces Rural Green Partnership to Combat Climate Change and Spur Economic Growth

Statement

Date: Aug. 6, 2019
Location: Moline, IL
Issues: Environment

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) formally submitted a framework of principles and policies to combat climate change and spur economic growth -- called the Rural Green Partnership -- to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Rural economies in Illinois and across the country depend on a stable climate and consistent weather patterns, which makes tackling the issue of climate change a moral and economic imperative. Specifically, the Rural Green Partnership details a set of policies that work with federal, local and state governments, producers, businesses, unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in every economic sector of rural America.

"Climate change may be the most complicated challenge our country has ever faced," Congresswoman Bustos said. "But I intend to meet the challenge head on and give rural America -- including the families in Northwest and Central Illinois -- a seat at the table as we tackle the climate crisis. That's why I submitted the Rural Green Partnership to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Rural America offers an enormous amount of potential to address climate change and is home to a wealth of resources that cannot be overlooked. The Rural Green Partnership helps mobilize our region to mitigate risk, increase resilience, incentivize new markets and create jobs as we work together to defeat the climate crisis."

BACKGROUND

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was authorized by House Resolution 6 on January 9, 2019 to acknowledge the threat of climate change and publish a set of public recommendations by March 31, 2020. Its members include experts in environmental justice, coastal flooding, clean energy development and other issues that are vital for addressing the climate crisis.

Congresswoman Bustos submitted this plan to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis following many discussions with stakeholders across Illinois. This year, Congresswoman Bustos continued to meet with generations of farm families -- like her own -- as they battled unprecedented flooding and weather, along with a reckless trade war. Farmers routinely expressed that this year's conditions are unlike any they have ever seen, with flooded fields or crops arriving late -- stunted or not at all. However, rural communities offer enormous potential to tackle climate change, which Congresswoman Bustos outlines in this proposal.


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