Rep. Upton pushes official policy of climate denial
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and the House Energy and Commerce committee released a framework for a package of energy reforms, apparently intended to open discussion on a comprehensive energy bill. The framework includes plans to expedite the approval of infrastructure projects such as pipelines and pushes for increased U.S. energy exports.
Friends of the Earth climate and energy campaigner Lukas Ross issued the following statement:
What Chairman Upton calls a framework for “energy abundance” is actually a framework for climate suicide. Science tells us that solving the climate crisis means leaving fossil fuels in the ground and stopping dirty fuel infrastructure in its tracks. By doubling down on more infrastructure, Upton’s framework amounts to an official policy of climate denial.
After pushing a bill to approve one dirty, unsafe pipeline, Chairman Upton is now continuing down Big Oil’s wish list with a plan to grease the approval process for unsafe infrastructure investments.