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07/12/2020

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Releases It's "Solving the Climate Crisis" Report (July 12th)

This past June 30th the US House of Representatives' Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, specifically the Committee's Democratic majority, released a 547-page report titled, "Solving the Climate Crisis."  The report's healthcare chapter, "Improve Public Health and Manage Climate Risks to Health Infrastructure is at pages 313-338.  The report also comes with 21 one-page summaries concerning climate crisis-related subtopics ranging from agriculture to transportation.  The report text, presser, summary pages, et al., is at: https://climatecrisis.house.gov/report.  As a select committee, it cannot offer or pass legislation.  The committee was established in January 2019, is chaired by Tampa's Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) , the committee has held 16  hearings none since this past February.   The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved no significant climate-crisis related legislation this session of the Congress.      

Considering my June 21 post below, the report, though expected, is far beyond disappointing. 

Possibly moreover, the report fails to recommend a carbon tax.  At page 286 the report states,"Congress could design . . . a carbon price" and goes on to list seven principles for designing carbon pricing. 

As for healthcare, first and foremost, the report concedes the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis.  The report simply recommends "investments in community preparedness and the resilience of hospitals and health infrastructure" and goes on to recommend more specifically, "strengthening national planning to address climate risks to public health," "improving data collections on climate-related health impacts," "ensuring resilient public health supply chains," "supporting community preparedness for the health impacts of disasters," "increasing the planning and preparedness of hospitals and health infrastructure," "strengthening the resilience of the veterans health systems," and "addressing the mental health implications of climate change." 

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