The Role of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Preventing Action on the Climate Crisis

Meeting Notes: 
Pursuant to H. Res. 8, only Members, witnesses, counsel for witnesses, and approved Committee staff are allowed into the WebEx platform. All other staff may watch via livestream on the Committee’s website.
Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: 
----------, Washington, DC 20515

Chairman Khanna's Opening Statement [PDF]

On Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. E.T., Rep. Ro Khanna, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment, will hold the Subcommittee’s first hearing of the Congress on Earth Day entitled, “The Role of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Preventing Action on the Climate Crisis.”

 

Currently, the United States is the largest producer of oil and gas in the world.  Under President Donald Trump, the fossil fuel industry received between $10.4 billion and $15.2 billion in direct pandemic relief from the federal government.

 

This hearing will discuss the dire health and economic impacts of fossil fuel subsidies and why the current Administration and the rest of the international community should fulfill their commitments to repeal fossil fuel subsidies.

 

The hearing will also examine how federal subsidies for the fossil fuel industry disproportionately affects already vulnerable communities.

WITNESSES

Greta Thunberg
Founder
Fridays For Future 

 

Tara Houska 
Founder
Giniw Collective

 

Joseph Aldy 
Professor
Harvard University 

 

Peter Erickson
Climate Policy Program Director
Stockholm Environmental Institute

 

Jill Antares Hunkler
Seventh Generation Ohio Valley Resident

 

Frank J. Macchiarola 
Senior Vice President, Policy
American Petroleum Institute

 

117th Congress