Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls on Congress to take Protective Action in response to the National Climate Assessment Report of the NOAA, Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Energy

Nov 27, 2018
Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT HEADER

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Robin Chand

November 26, 2018                                                                                    (202) 225–3816

Press Statement

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls on Congress to take Protective Action in response to the National Climate Assessment Report of the NOAA, Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Energy

 

Jackson Lee—“Congress must act now because according to the National Climate Assessment, ‘without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century.’”

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, and the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations issued this statement following the release of the 2018 National Climate Assessment:   

“The 2018 National Climate Assessment released over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend about the impact of climate change on our society is damming.  The report, mandated by an act of Congress, makes clear the myriad ways in which climate change can—and likely will—wreak havoc on our environment and our economy.  To be certain, the report serves as a harbinger of more ill certain to follow: the United States faces a perilous outlook as a result of the effects of climate change.  The report is notable in two respects: first, it is promulgated by agencies of the Trump Administration.  It is not fake news; it is not to be ignored.  The report is promulgated by several agencies of the Trump Administration, including: the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, to name but a few.  This reality is all the more confounding in the face of the president’s mistaken (and repeated) assertions that climate change is not man-made; second, the report prognosticates long term, sustained damage to the American economy, which forecasts a 10 percent decline in the country’s gross domestic product, doubling the loss to our economy suffered during the years that comprised the Great Recession.

“As troubling as any part of the report is its conclusion: “That the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social, and economic well-being are rising.”  The time is now for the United States to finally join the international community by taking a collective stand to protect our planet from the probable and likely consequences of climate change before it becomes too late, and our planet—our one and only home—is no longer habitable as we know it.”

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget. She is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

 

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