Legislative Advocacy

Legislative Advocacy

MIT alumni are actively reaching out to elected representatives and encouraging the legislative actions necessary to meet the challenges of climate change. Group members live in many states (see map below) and countries. To be added to the map below, MIT alumni should and then .

The MIT Alumni for Climate Action group supports legislation establishing a national goal for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or earlier (see H.R. 5221 and S. 3269). We also support strong climate leaders to accomplish net-zero emissions, including confirming the administration's climate team, and advancing climate goals through the American Jobs Plan. Our recently completed MACA Roadmap document is currently being used to create opportunities for engagement with US Representatives, Senators, and committees on which they serve. Jeremy Grace for more information.

We support state legislation mandating interim renewable energy targets as a step toward the net-zero goal. Past effort has included legislative advocacy in Maryland and a new initiative is aimed at Florida. State petitions and federal climate bills are listed below. Additional information on carbon neutral goals are available on our pathways to net-zero carbon emissions page.















Federal climate legislation*

Purpose

Components

Affected Sectors

Relevant House (H) and Senate (S) Committees

Examples

Coordination of legislative action

Policy Recommen- dations

All

Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (H), Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis (S/2),

Climate Solutions Caucus (S & H), 

 

Set Broad Goals (50% reduction by 2030; carbon neutral by 2050)

G&T, EA

All

Energy and Commerce (H), Energy and Natural resources (S)

H.R.5221, S.3269

Replace Fossil Fuels & Reduce GHG Emissions: Electricity Generation

SST, FIF, LSI

Electricity Production

Energy and Commerce (H), Energy and Natural Resources (S)

H.R.4447, S.1183, H.R.5742,  H.R.5457

Replace Fossil Fuels & Reduce GHG Emissions: Transportation

SST, FIF, LSI, R&D

Transportation

Transportation and Infrastructure (H), Commerce, Science and Transportation (S), Environment and Public Works (S), Appropriations (H & S)

H.R.6171, H.R.4447, S.1183

Reduce GHG Emissions from Buildings

SST, FIF, LSI, R&D

Residential and Commercial

Appropriations (H & S), Banking Housing and Urban Development (S),  Appropriations (H & S),

H.R.4447, S.1183

Reduce GHG Emissions from Industry

SST, FIF, LSI, R&D

Industry

Energy and Commerce (H), Energy and Natural Resources (S), Appropriations (H & S),

H.R.4447, S.1183,  S.1128, H.R.5457, S.2284, H.R.4051,  H.R.763, S.940, H.R.1960

Reduce GHG Emissions from Agriculture

SST, FIF, LSI, R&D

Agriculture

Energy and Commerce (H), Agriculture Nutrition & Forestry (S), Appropriations (H & S),

S.3894, H.R.7393

Reduce GHG Emissions by Carbon Capture/ Sequestration

G&T, R&D, LSI, FIF (Incentivize Sequestration)

Industry, Agriculture

Science Space & Technology (H) Commerce, Science and Transportation (S), Agriculture Nutrition & Forestry (S),  Appropriations (H & S)

H.R.763, S.940

Incentivize National & Global Cooperation

TA (Border fees, Technology exchange)

All

Ways & Means (H), Appropriations (H & S), Banking Housing and Urban Affairs (S), Committee on Finance (S), Foreign Relations (S)

S.1128, H.R.5457, H.R.763, S.940, H.R.1960

*Note: Examples of legislation for a given purpose do not necessarily have all the components mentioned in the second column of the table.


MACA state petitions

Climate bills of interest

Recent climate bills passed

Other climate bills of interest


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