Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, Barbara Lee, Nanette Diaz Barragán and Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Pass the OFF Act to Combat Climate Change

October 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) joined Food & Water Watch, first responders, non-profit organizations, and local government officials to urge Members of Congress to pass H.R. 3671, the OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) to transition the United States to a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2035.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s bill prioritizes the health and wellbeing of the country and the future of the planet by tackling the climate change crisis head on and building on the progress of states like Hawai‘i. The OFF Act sets an ambitious timeline to end America’s reliance on fossil fuels by 2035 to avert the catastrophic effects of climate change that have exacerbated natural disasters like the recent hurricanes that devastated Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and deadly wildfires in California. 

Without urgent action, climate change will continue to intensify and accelerate the pace of extreme weather events that devastate coastal and low-lying communities causing widespread unemployment, wage stagnation, and deadly health problems, which disproportionately affect low-income, minority, Native Hawaiian and Native American families. This legislation protects the country’s most vulnerable populations from the harmful effects of carbon emissions and toxic chemicals that pollute America’s air, land and waterways by strengthening civil rights protections, creating clean energy jobs, and prioritizing the safety and security of the planet above profits for major corporations and the fossil fuels industry.

Passing the OFF Act will transition the country away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy, which will increase America’s global competitiveness by creating domestic clean technologies, jobs, and training programs. In addition, this legislation will improve the health and wellbeing of the American people and our planet from toxic pollutants, asthma and respiratory illnesses, and environmental degradation.

The OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) has been cosponsored by 14 Members of Congress and has been endorsed by nearly four hundred clean energy, climate change, and environmental justice organizations.

“Our country cannot passively standby while we watch the climate crisis devastate our planet and the livelihoods of working families across the country and the world. It is our obligation to protect the most vulnerable in our society, to protect our planet, to grow the economy and rebuild America’s infrastructure with a stable, domestic clean energy economy. Congress must pass the OFF Act  to end our addiction to fossil fuels and transition the country to a clean energy economy by 2035,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.  

“We cannot afford any more delays or half-measures in this climate crisis. It’s time for bold action to address this emergency and save our planet, before it’s too late,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “That’s why I’m so proud to support the OFF Act to end our fossil fuel dependence by 2035. This bill is a critical roadmap for climate justice in Congress at the moment we need it the most.”

“Our dependence on fossil fuels have created a public health crisis. In my district, children exposed to smoke and chemicals from oil and gas drilling operations are wearing asthma inhalers around their necks. It’s heartbreaking to see,” said Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro). “This bill is about moving America forward and embracing the energy sources of the future. Getting off fossil fuels and moving to 100 percent renewable energy will help end this public health crisis and can create millions of good jobs.”

“The science is clear: In order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of deepening climate chaos, we must break our foolish dependence on fossil fuels, and we must do it now. Fortunately, we have a solution. The OFF Act is the key to a livable future for all of us, and we are mobilizing from coast to coast to make it the law of the land,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch.

Video of the OFF Act Press Conference is Available Here

[Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s speech begins at 3:20]

Photos of the OFF Act Press Conference are Available for Download Here

Background:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, H.R. 3671 is currently supported by environmental advocates and co-sponsors including Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton, (DC-AL), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).  The legislation has also been endorsed by nearly 400 clean energy, climate change, and environmental organizations. Download the full bill text here.

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