After lobbying by newly-elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in the Sunrise Movement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is forming a House Select Committee on Climate Change. This is an encouraging step.
Unfortunately, until now little official attention has been paid to climate change in Congress, so it’s about time. Mother Nature is beginning to speak in a louder voice lately. Have you noticed? Finally, someone in Washington is listening.
Of course, this alone will not solve the climate crisis, but at least the select committee will be another tool for focusing both public and congressional attention on this vital issue. Perhaps this committee will eventually be able to help steer the U.S. back into the Paris Accords and other worldwide agreements on climate change, and hopefully it will lead Congress to take more effective actions on the climate crisis.
Congress could made a good start on effective action by pushing for reinstatement of the Methane Rule. This would require capturing methane leaks before they get into the atmosphere. Methane is 86 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. So effective action on this specific challenge would be a solid contribution in the fight against climate change.