2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) offered an amendment to H.R. 5538, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, which would strike a provision in the bill that would recklessly eliminate any consideration of the Social Cost of Carbon, which is an analysis of the real economic impacts, positive or negative, of the carbon pollution of a project or proposed rule. The Social Cost of Carbon is a critical tool that helps the public and decision makers understand the true benefits and costs of a project and the possible ways to mitigate negative impacts. Requiring an environmental review that prohibits the consideration of climate impacts institutionalizes climate denial into the federal permitting process and forces ill-informed decisions, putting critical infrastructure, taxpayer dollars, and local communities’ health at risk. On July 12, the House rejected the Peters amendment by a vote of 185-241 (House roll call vote 432). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 5538 on July 14, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.