Dems on covid-19 relief: leave fossil fuels out of this

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin led 60 Democratic lawmakers in a letter to House leadership Monday opposing any efforts by the fossil fuel industry to use Covid-19 recovery legislation to “confer immunity” for climate change or pollution, citing efforts that ultimately failed to get included in previous coronavirus relief packages. “Shielding carbon polluters from proper accountability is an irrelevant and dangerous distraction from the task at hand. It has no place in federal legislation — we think never, but especially not now,” the lawmakers write. The letter was backed by more than 20 environmental groups, including the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council.