Pallone Hosts Virtual Roundtable on Energy and Environment Priorities, Expects More Action on Climate Change
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today held a virtual roundtable with local stakeholders to discuss his energy and environmental accomplishments in the omnibus package signed into law in December. Pallone led the effort to pass landmark legislation included in the omnibus package that phases down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – improves air quality, and creates new good-paying jobs by laying the groundwork to begin transitioning our economy to a clean, low-carbon future.
“I’m grateful for everyone who joined me today to discuss the energy and environmental accomplishments in last year’s spending bill and to look ahead to my legislative priorities this year. The omnibus package Congress passed in December made long-overdue reforms and authorized sweeping investments that will help transition the country to a clean, low-carbon future. In our fight to stem the rising tide of catastrophic climate change, phasing down HFCs is one of the most consequential actions ever taken by Congress” Pallone said. “This year, I look forward to building on this progress with the Biden Administration to advance our path to a carbon neutral future by 2050. I am relieved to again have a president who is willing to fight for the future of our country, and I’m confident we will accomplish a lot on climate action together.”
The omnibus package Congress passed in December included significant provisions to combat the climate crisis by:
Phasing down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons by 85 percent over 15 years. Enacting this provision will position the United States to lead the world in avoiding up to 0.5 degree Celsius of warming.
Transitioning to a clean, low-carbon future by investing in clean energy, distributed energy resources, energy storage systems, and microgrids – all of which are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mandating for the first time the immediate repair of any existing or future pipeline methane leaks and requiring natural gas pipeline operators to undertake advanced leak detection and repair programs to help curtail greenhouse gases and combating the climate crisis.
Improving air quality by reauthorizing the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) that will reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines. DERA projects reduce vulnerable communities’ exposure to diesel pollution and the improved air quality provides immediate health benefits. To date, every federal dollar invested in DERA has leveraged as much as $3 from non-federal sources and has generated up to $30 in public health benefits.
Video of the roundtable is available here.