House panel delays release of report on climate change, cites COVID-19 pandemic

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is indefinitely postponing the release of its report to Congress on how to address climate change as lawmakers focus on the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For the past year, our Select Committee has been working on a congressional action plan to solve the climate crisis,” said Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Chairman of the Select Committee on March 16.

“We've met with more than 1,000 stakeholders, reviewed more than 700 detailed responses to our request for information, and were planning to release our comprehensive climate policy recommendations at the end of March,” she said.

“However, as Congress focuses on the important mission of protecting Americans from the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the committee decided to postpone the release of its climate action plan.

The select committee was authorized by House Resolution 6 on January 9, 2019, which called for the release of a set of public policy recommendations for congressional climate action by March 31, 2020.

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