CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLEN
Maryland’s 8th District
For Immediate Release
November 30, 2015
CONTACT:   Ian Jannetta – 202-225-1527
                       
Van Hollen: Bold Commitments Needed in Paris to Prevent Global Catastrophe 
Washington, DC – Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Co-Chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, released the following statement on the beginning of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris:
“As world leaders convene in Paris, the overwhelming scientific evidence demanding action on climate change must be met with bold commitments and a determination to prevent a global catastrophe. Today’s announcement that President Obama and leaders of 19 other countries are pledging to double their investments in clean energy research and development is the first in what I hope will be many positive, concrete steps forward in the coming days. 
 
“It is unfortunate that in this time of crisis, some in Congress continue to turn a blind eye to science. Republicans want to undermine America’s ability to lead on this critical issue, hindering our ability to bring all nations to the table. Congress must act now on commonsense solutions, like my Healthy Climate and Family Security Act, to make necessary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while upholding our moral duty as a leading polluter to take bold action.”
 
Background:
 
Congressman Van Hollen is a leading supporter of congressional efforts to address global climate change, serving as Co-Chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.
 
He has introduced Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015, a ‘cap and dividend’ approach to combating climate change that is simple, fair, and effective while supporting economic growth and a thriving middle class. The Washington Post Editorial Board has written in favor of the plan, calling it “elegant and effective,” and it has received widespread support from organizations like the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and 350.org.