Press Release ● Jobs & the Economy
For Immediate Release: 
April 22, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day:

“On Earth Day, together we take a step back and see ourselves not as members of communities or nations but as residents of one fragile planet.  The responsibility of caring for the Earth and protecting our environment falls to each and every one of us who dwells upon it, just as it is essential that we teach our children and grandchildren to cherish this planet and its diverse ecosystems and to protect them for future generations.  The sad truth that we must all face is that humanity is currently failing to preserve the health of our planet.  Thankfully, we now have leaders in the White House who recognize this challenge and are prepared to confront it.
 
“The Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement this morning that the United States will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 is exactly the kind of bold leadership we need to demonstrate if America is to lead the world out of the climate crisis.  Not only will this goal and the President’s American Jobs Plan make our planet greener and healthier, in the process they will help us grow our economy and create millions of good jobs that won’t be outsourced.  Pursuing this path makes sense in every way: creating high-paying jobs in clean-energy technology manufacturing will enable more of our people to Make It In America while protecting the health of our planet for generations to come.  Passing the American Jobs Plan would unlock the full potential of our economic recovery and move us more quickly and successfully out of the current economic crisis caused by COVID-19.  I applaud the President and his team for setting goals that are both ambitious and achievable, goals that tackle the climate crisis head-on and restore America’s place as a leader in the global effort to address the climate crisis. 
 
“I’m proud of Democrats’ work in the House to reduce carbon pollution, ​invest in clean energy, and conserve our precious lands, waters, and wildlife.  Every single House committee under our Majority is focused on the challenge of climate change and opportunities to transform this crisis into an opening for American leadership and economic success. Last Congress, we passed the Climate Action Now Act to fight back against the Trump Administration’s dangerous ignorance of science and its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.  With President Biden’s decision to return the United States to that agreement, House Democrats look forward to working closely with the new Administration to ensure that Congress is doing its part to pass policies that care for our planet, strengthen our economic competitiveness through clean energy deployment, and preserve our treasured landscapes and threatened ecosystems for future generations.”