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Protecting our Environment & Climate

Earl believes that the climate crisis is the greatest threat of our lifetimes and we must act immediately to embrace a just transition to green transportation and infrastructure, create clean energy jobs, protect natural resources, and decarbonize our economy.

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act during the 117th Congress was a historic step forward in this endeavor. The Inflation Reduction Act was a $385 billion investment in clean energy and infrastructure, putting the United States on track toward a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. This is the single largest investment made by any government, anywhere, at any time to combat the climate crisis.

However, there is more the federal government can and must do to help communities cope with the warming climate. Earl supports:

A national climate emergency declaration which would allow the President to use emergency powers to unleash vast federal resources to invest in resilient infrastructure, pollution reduction, and protection of our public health.

Strengthening disaster resilience for communities at the frontlines of the climate crisis. That includes giving the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the tools to help communities mitigate their risk before climate disasters strike.

Elevating climate smart agriculture to support the long-term sustainability of our farmlands, food chain and the environment.

Protecting our public lands and ensuring we all have equitable opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

Standing up for wildlife and at-risk species from the devastating effects of corporate-friendly environmental policies. As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, Earl works to raise awareness on issues affecting animal welfare to Congress and advocate for sensible animal protection legislation.