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Climate Change and the Environment

I believe in climate change. It is the greatest threat facing our planet and we have to stop it. I fully support President Biden’s act to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and the steps he is taking to help us tackle the devastating climate crisis. We have a lot of work to do in that regard, though. Most of Tennessee’s congressional delegation doesn’t believe in climate change.

I was a leader on climate well before others. I was the author of the 1990 cap-and-trade policy that regulated sulfur dioxide emissions and curbed acid rain. I am also a cosponsor of the Green New Deal, the 100% Clean Economy Act, which implements many of the Green New Deal’s initiatives, and the Climate Action Now Act. With old-fashioned American innovation and ingenuity, I believe that we can find new, clean solutions for the 21st century and I have long supported research and investment in clean alternative energy development.

I have one of the strongest environmental records in the South and consistently receive high ratings from groups such as the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. I have a long history of supporting legislation to strengthen the Endangered Species Act, protect our public lands and national parks, and defend the Clean Air Act against partisan attacks. 


Links & Additional Information

House Committee on Energy and Commerce

House Committee on Natural Resources

Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation

Tennessee's Office of Energy Programs

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Energy Information Administration

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 


 

More on Climate Change and the Environment

Jun 4, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced his legislative strategy for solving the problem of trains parking on railroad crossings on busy commuter roads. He and his office have received countless complaints from Nashvillians who report that local trains are parking for much longer periods of time than ever before on busy roads, preventing car and truck traffic from getting to and from work, dealing with emergencies, or shopping for groceries.

May 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Following President Joe Biden’s Major Disaster Declaration for several counties in Tennessee, individuals in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from March 25-April 3 of this year may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Congressman Jim Cooper (D) announced today that Lisa Quigley, his longest serving Chief of Staff, will depart this summer after 13 years leading his office. 

He also announced that Cheryl Mayes, his Director of Finance and Operations, will become the District Director of the Nashville office.

Apr 20, 2021 Press Release

Yesterday the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report regarding sexual harassment within the Nuclear Security Forces of the NNSA. As Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) commissioned the report in 2019 after the alleged assault and subsequent harassment and termination of Ms. Jennifer Glover, a former security contractor.

Mar 22, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), along with United Neighborhood Health Services and Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, announced the award of two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. United Neighborhood services will receive nearly $5 million and Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center will receive nearly $3 million. The grants are a continuation of funding for operations at the federally qualified health centers.

Jan 21, 2021 Page

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Dec 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week the House passed a final bill with language originally introduced by Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) that would expedite a feasibility study of Old Hickory Dam and Cordell Hull Dam, both upstream of Nashville, to include flood risk management as one of their authorized purposes.

Oct 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated version of the HEROES Act to support Americans and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic The $2.2 trillion legislation passed the House by 214-207. Not a single Republican voted for the relief package.

Jul 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today introduced an amendment to permit the Old Hickory Dam and Cordell Hull Dam, both upstream of Nashville, to include flood risk management as one of their authorized purposes.

“Nashville was hit hard by a devastating flood a decade ago,” Rep. Jim Cooper said. “By allowing the Old Hickory and Cordell Hull dams to be used for flood risk management we mitigate the chance of future flooding.”