In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced this bill to reduce America’s global pollution footprint and ensure that that taxpayer funds aren’t used to “promote a dirty energy agenda abroad”:
“President Trump’s hasty withdrawal from the Paris Agreement was a complete abdication of America’s leadership in the fight against carbon pollution and global climate change, allowing other nations to lead on clean energy investment while the United States lags behind. The dirty energy diplomacy supported by our top diplomat and Trump cabinet officials is further eroded by an Export-Import Bank intent on investing in 19th century fuels. While some in Washington pursue a dirty energy agenda at home and abroad, Congress can still take action to reduce carbon pollution. The Standing Against Dirty Diplomacy Act will help get America back on the right track: building a clean energy future by cutting off the billions of dollars we are wasting on dirty coal boondoggles abroad.”
Huffman told KRCR News that the Export Import Bank provided $900 million in financing for a 4,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant in India, and $800 million for a 4,800 megawatt coal-fired plant in South Africa.
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