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U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Front Range Democrat who represents the Vail Valley as part of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, is headed to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid this week. Here’s a press release from Neguse’s office:
Congressman Joe Neguse will join a bicameral Congressional Delegation to Madrid, Spain for the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP25. He will be joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the Chairs of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Science, Space and Technology and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He is the only Coloradan to attend the international convention.
“Here in Colorado, we are leading on climate action from the groundbreaking climate science research underway at our federal labs to ambitious renewable energy goals being set in cities across the state,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I’m excited to bring the voice of Coloradans and my constituents across the 2nd district to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and participate in critically important international discussions about needed actions to fight climate change.”
“It is a privilege to accompany a high-level Congressional delegation to Spain to combat the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. “Taking action to protect our planet is a public health decision for clean air and clean water for our children, an economic decision for creating the green, good-paying jobs of the future, a national security decision to address resource competition and climate migration and also a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation and pass a sustainable, healthy planet to the next generation. On behalf of the U.S. Congress, I am proud to travel to COP25 to reaffirm the commitment of the American people to combating the climate crisis.”
Congressman Neguse has made fighting the climate crisis central to his legislative agenda since taking office in January. He earned placement on both the House Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis early in the year, and has introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at investing in renewable energy and regenerative agriculture to combat climate change, including legislation to preserve 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands—the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act—which passed out of the U.S. House in October. He also secured Colorado as the first and only state to hold an official field hearing of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which was held in July 2019 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.