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Top Climate Votes 2019-2020 (cont'd)

5. Defunding Obama Administration Clean Power Plan
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #381)
Voting 192-240, the House on June 20, 2019, defeated a Republican-sponsored amendment to HR 3055 that sought to prohibit funding to enforce Clean Power Plan rules implemented by the Obama Administration to curb air pollution by coal-fired electricity-generating plants. A yes vote was to prohibit the funding.

6. Defunding Obama Administration Methane Rule
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #385)
Voting 191-241, the House on June 20, 2019, defeated a Republican-sponsored amendment to HR 3055 that sought to prohibit funding to enforce an Obama Administration rule limiting methane discharges from oil and natural-gas drilling operations. A yes vote was to prohibit the funding.

7. Funding Intelligence Oversight of Climate Crisis
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #490)
Voting 178-255, the House on July 17, 2019, defeated a Republican-sponsored amendment to deny funding in the fiscal 2020 intelligence budget (HR 3494) for a new Climate Security Advisory Council that would monitor the impact of climate change and global warming on national security. A yes vote was to defund the climate council.

8. Prohibiting Oil Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #521)
Voting 248-180, the House on Sept. 11, 2019, passed a Democratic-sponsored bill (HR 205) that would permanently prohibit the government from awarding leases for oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The protected area extends at least 125 miles from the Florida coastline and includes a 122,000-square-mile military testing range between the Florida Panhandle and the Florida Keys. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

9. Prohibiting Oil Drilling on Outer Continental Shelf
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #525)
Voting 238-189, the House on Sept. 11, 2019, passed a Democratic-sponsored bill (HR 1941) that would prohibit the government from awarding leases for oil and gas development at least through 2024 on the Outer Continental Shelf along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

10. Prohibiting Oil Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #530)
Voting 225-193, the House on Sept. 12, 2019, passed a Democratic-sponsored bill (HR 1146) that would prohibit oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. This would repeal a mandate in the Republicans' 2017 tax-cut law to open the refuge's coastal plain to energy development. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

11. Prohibiting Commercial Mining Near Grand Canyon
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #602)
Voting 236-185, the House on Oct. 30, 2019, passed a Democratic-sponsored bill (HR 1373) that would make permanent a temporary moratorium on the issuance of new mining claims on federally owned land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

12. Treating Fossil Fuels & Renewable Energy Equally
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #618)
Voting 188-232, the House on Nov. 15, 2019, defeated a Republican-sponsored amendment that sought to prevent Export-Import Bank financing to favor renewable-energy sales abroad over sales of fossil-fuel products abroad. The underlying bill (HR 4863) required sales of renewable-energy goods and services to receive at least 5 percent of the bank’s annual lending authority. The amendment also sought to prohibit creation of a bank office promoting energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sales overseas. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

13. Approving Measures to Address Climate Change
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #667)
Voting 262-151, the House on Dec. 10, 2019, approved a 10-bill legislative package (HR 729) that would authorize $1.4 billion over five years for programs to help Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes coastal communities and certain inland areas deal with the harmful effects of climate change. The package would tailor the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act to better address rising sea levels; fund a Digital Coast Program for supplying data to help communities prepare for storms and their consequences; fund scientific initiatives to benefit Great Lakes water quality and fish populations; and promote the use resilient natural materials instead of hard barriers to protect facilities and ecosystems against flooding. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

14. Reducing Marine Mammal Protections
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #666)
Voting 160-259, the House on Dec. 10, 2019, defeated a Republican-sponsored amendment to HR 729 that would scale back the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act in order to speed federal approval of applications for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and coastal-restoration projects on shorelines including Louisiana’s. That law is designed, in part, to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine life against military and industrial sonar testing in gulf and oceanic U.S. waters. But critics call it one of several overlapping environmental laws that unduly hinder economic development. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

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