House Climate Panel to Issue Long-Awaited Report Next Week

June 26, 2020, 4:41 PM

A climate panel that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) launched to give every House committee a roadmap to pursue climate change legislation will unveil its long-awaited recommendations on Tuesday—but the report won’t be bipartisan.

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis report, underway for roughly 14 months, will stitch together recommendations to virtually every House committee.

It’s expected to endorse a broad expansion of clean energy incentives, tightening climate regulations for federal agencies, and adding more emphasis on next-generation energy technologies, according to people familiar with the report.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has raised hurdles for hearings and in-person meetings and delayed the climate report past Pelosi’s original March 31 deadline, made getting a consensus from the committee’s nine Democratic and six GOP members of the panel impractical, congressional aides said.

Pelosi said last December that Democrats were committed to passing a climate change bill in 2020 that had Republican support.

The majority-only report could spur some GOP criticism, given the ambitious climate actions it will recommend. But Republican aides said they plan to offer their own recommendations by the fall, which could be linked to a rollout of more GOP climate policies focusing on innovation rather than regulation.

The climate report is unlikely to spur House action any time soon on broad climate legislation, given the November election is around the corner and both chambers are largely focusing on prospects for another Covid-19 economic recovery package, a possible deal on highway and infrastructure, and the next defense bill.

Ambitious climate legislation will almost certainly have to wait until 2021, when Democrats hope they will have captured the White House and Senate from GOP control.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dean Scott in Washington at dscott@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergindustry.com; Chuck McCutcheon at cmccutcheon@bloombergenvironment.com

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