Larson Calls for Action on Climate Change
Today, the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on The Economic and Health Consequences of Climate Change. In his remarks, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) highlighted the concern for the impact of climate change on flooding along rivers such as the Connecticut River.
“The science is clear, we are in a midst of a climate crisis and must act now. Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and without action, the consequences for the planet will be dire. We are already feeling the effects from wild-fires, sea level rise, flooding, and other extreme-weather events. If we continue on our current course, the consequences will only get worse for future generations. It’s long past time to get our heads out of the sand and act,” said Larson. “One solution that I have long advocated for is a pollution tax. A tax on carbon pollution is the most effective way to solve our climate crisis. A carbon tax can eclipse our Paris Climate Accord commitments to emissions reductions, rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, create growth, and ensure a sustainable planet for future generations.”
Larson is the author the American Wins Act which would raise $1 trillion to invest in infrastructure from a tax on carbon pollution.