Bills & Resolutions



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Lamb bill to research abandoned oil and gas wells advances out of committee

Regions of the U.S. are pockmarked with long-abandoned oil and gas wells, some emitting potentially hazardous pollutants, and a proposal by a Western Pennsylvania lawmaker to further fund the massive undertaking of locating the relics…

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, March 25, 2021

Sponsored by Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]   03/25/21  
To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of…

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020

Sponsored by Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]   03/22/21  
The bill makes certain producers of products (e.g., packaging, paper, single-use products, beverage containers, or food service products) fiscally responsible for collecting, managing, and recycling or composting the products after consumer use. In addition, the…

Environmental Justice for All Act

To restore, reaffirm, and reconcile environmental justice and civil rights, provide for the establishment of the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement, and for other pur- poses.

National Climate Emergency

To require the President to declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act, and for other purposes.  

American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA)

Sponsored by Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin   03/05/20  
To support innovation in advanced geothermal research and development, and for other purposes.

SUMMARY: American Energy Innovation Act-Modern Policy for Modern Energy

American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), is a compilation of more than 50 energy-related measures considered and individually reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) last year.

To address the impact of climate change on agriculture, and for other purposes

Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined…

Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

This bill designates wilderness areas, potential wilderness areas, recreation areas, scenic areas, trails, and wild and scenic rivers in Colorado, California, and Washington, among other things.

Clean Economy Act of 2020

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the United States that puts the United States on a pathway to achieve net-zero emissions by not later than 2050.

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020

This bill sets forth requirements related to waste and recycling collection systems for a variety of products and materials, including plastics. The bill makes certain producers of products (e.g., packaging, paper, single-use products, beverage containers,…

Climate Stewardship Act of 2019

To provide incentives for agricultural producers to carry out climate steward-ship practices, to provide for increased reforestation across the United States, to establish the Coastal and Estuary Resilience Grant Program, and for other purposes.

Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

To improve efforts to combat marine debris, and for other purposes.

Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient and Just America

This bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.

Fracking Ban Act

Sponsored by Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]   02/06/20  
To ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes.

The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s Future Act (CLEAN Act)

Bill draft   07/23/19  
To build a clean and prosperous future by addressing the climate crisis, protecting the health and welfare of all Americans, and putting the Nation on the path to a net-zero greenhouse gas economy by 2050,…

Summary: The Clean Future Act

Committee on Energy & Commerce   02/26/19  
Summary: The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act is a comprehensive proposal of sector-specific and economy-wide solutions to address the climate crisis. Critically, the CLEAN Future Act formally adopts the…

The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a program to reduce barriers to entry for farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners in certain private markets, and for other purposes.

Summary: The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

Agricultural practices and land management decisions play a key role in the discussion surrounding global greenhouse emissions and climate policy. The agriculture and forestry sectors hold the potential to serve as a critical climate solution.…