On 2nd May, the House of Representatives accepted the first climate bill in nearly a decade that would bar President Donald Trump from leaving the Paris climate agreement.
The bill, called the Climate Action Now Act, was passed in the House with a 231-190 vote. If accepted, it would need Trump to devise a plan to back the United States’ pledge, set under President Barack Obama, to the Paris climate agreement. The Paris agreement needed the US to reduce its emissions by at least 26% by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.
Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, responded to the vote. Rhea stated that nothing better displays the newfound climate leadership in Congress than today’s voting.
The House is answering to the rising calls, from every quarter, for action to deal with the rising costs and the escalating dangers of climate change. And it’s signalling to the nation, and the world, that Americans aims to keep the promises that the US made in Paris.
Even if gets passed in the Senate, the bill is not probably to receive Trump’s signature. In 2017, Trump declared that he would withdraw of the agreement, even though the US won’t be able to do so before the end of 2020. If approved, the Climate Action Now Act would prohibit the administration from using federal finance to pull out from the deal.
However, House Democrats are positive that a bill such as the Climate Action Now Act can help move conversations around climate change in Congress. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) stated that he doesn’t think it would be the only one. More steps need to be taken to achieve zero greenhouse emissions in fair way.