Energy & Environment
I agree with the overwhelming majority of scientists who recognize that climate change is real, and that we must take action now to protect our planet for future generations. According to the Weather Channel, the Kansas City-area is the fifth most vulnerable U.S. city to the dangers of climate change. We need innovative solutions to combat this crisis, grow our economy, and leave behind a healthier world for our children.
That’s why I voted for the Climate Action Now Act, a first step to confront the climate crisis and protect our planet by keeping us in the Paris Agreement and laying the groundwork for further climate action. It’s essential that our country honors its commitment to work with the rest of the world to cut carbon pollution and address this global crisis together.
I’m also a strong proponent of policies that encourage and increase the speed at which we shift to a system based on renewable energy. Kansas is uniquely poised to capitalize on wind energy, as our region has some of the highest wind production potential in the world. That’s why I’m working to create greater investment in Kansas’ wind-production infrastructure. We know that investing in durable, resilient infrastructure is an effective way to combat the effects of climate change, and I’m exploring that topic as a new member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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Today, Representative Sharice Davids visited the WaterOne facility in Olathe, meeting with staff and touring the Ralph Wyss Pumping Station, which primarily serves southern Johnson County. Last week, Congress reviewed and advanced Davids' request for federal funds to purchase a backup generator for this facility, which would provide safe and clean drinking water to Kansas households in times of emergency.
This week, Rep. Davids introduced the Resilient Repairs Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to rebuild damaged highways, roads, and trails with resiliency in mind—reducing the likelihood of recurring future repairs. Kansas is one of the top five states rated most susceptible to the effects of climate change, particularly flooding.
This week marked 100 days since Representative Sharice Davids was sworn in as a member of the 117th Congress. In the first 100 days of her second term, Davids has worked tirelessly to provide relief to Kansans during this health and economic crisis, create good-paying jobs and opportunities at home, and ensure that government is working for Kansans.
Here is an overview of Davids’ accomplishments in the past 100 days:
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a strong starting point for a transformational infrastructure package that boosts our economy, creates good-paying union jobs, and rebuilds our nation’s infrastructure in a smart and sustainable way. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is ready to keep working with the Biden Administration and other committees of jurisdiction to craft and pass an infrastructure package that helps Kansas and the entire country build back better.
Representative Sharice Davids and U.S. Senator Roger Marshall want a federal commission to hurry up and approve Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s emergency request.
As the bitter cold stretch reached its peak last week Kelly issued a disaster declaration and the Kansas Corporation Commission issued an emergency order directing utilities to do everything possible to make sure customers could still get natural gas, propane and electricity. There were rolling blackouts and natural gas prices skyrocketed as much as 20,000%.
“Today, the House took a bold first step to confront the climate crisis and protect our planet by keeping us in the Paris Climate Agreement and laying the groundwork for further climate action. I agree with the overwhelming majority of scientists who recognize that climate change is real, and it’s essential that our country honors its commitment to work with the rest of the world to cut carbon pollution and address this crisis together.”