Democrats Take Steps to Address Climate Change in 116th Congress

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has selected Rep. Nancy Castor (D-Fla.) to chair the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Two bills that could advance in the House: the Green New Deal and a carbon tax-and-dividend bill, H.R. 7173.

January 2, 2019, 9:00 AM PST

By Irvin Dawid


Rachael Warriner / Shutterstock

Rep. Castor issued a statement upon receiving the appointment:

"I am humbled by Speaker-designate Pelosi’s confidence in me to lead the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She is correct to reinstitute the Select Committee and urge action to address this dire crisis that impacts my neighbors in Florida, all Americans and future generations."

In 2007, when Pelosi was elected as the House of Representatives first female speaker after the Democrats picked up 31 seats in the 2006 midterm elections, taking control of the House, she established the House Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming which was dismantled by her successor, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), in 2011. While not a legislative committee, it did have subpoena authority, unlike its successor.

Under Pelosi's past leadership, the House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey carbon cap-and-trade bill, H.R.2454 - American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, in a remarkably short period of time, about 40 days.

After the bill died in the Senate in March 2010, The Hill reported in July that Pelosi had no regrets over forcing the House vote. The first female House speaker called it a "top priority for her speakership," but The Hill called it "a needlessly tough vote for many House Democrats."

Related in Planetizen:

Friday, December 28, 2018 in The Atlantic

The New York Public Library's stone lions Patience and Fortitude have donned face masks to remind New Yorkers to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Top Urban Planning Books of 2021

Planetizen's annual list of the top urban planning books of the year is here—maintaining a tradition that dates back to 2002.

November 26, 2021 - James Brasuell

Empty Road

The Roadway Expansion Paradox

Motorists want expensive roadway expansions provided that somebody else foots the bill, but when required to pay directly through tolls, the need for more capacity often disappears. What should planners do?

November 28, 2021 - Todd Litman


Urban Exodus: Data Don't Support the Popular Pandemic Narrative

Americans fled cities in waves during the pandemic, right? Not to so fast.

November 30, 2021 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Main Street

Inequality Grows in Western Zoom Towns

As demand for housing grows, small Western towns are experiencing skyrocketing housing costs and rising displacement.

December 3 - High Country News

A Metro Los Angeles bus driver is behind the wheel while wearing a mask.

Equity and Transit Go Hand in Hand for the Pandemic Recovery

Equity illuminates the light at the end of the tunnel for U.S. transit agencies, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute.

December 3 - Urban Institute

South Beach Open Streets

Miami Reinstates E-Scooter Program

After abruptly ending its shared e-scooter program last month, Miami is letting the devices return to its streets–with some new rules.

December 3 - Smart Cities Dive

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.