Congressman Ro Khanna, the Democratic chairman of the House monitoring subcommittee on the environment, said this morning’s hearing with Greta Thunberg would focus on specific policy changes the United States can make to curb the use of fossil fuels.
“We appreciate that President Biden has run to end fossil fuel subsidies. But details matter, ”Khanna said in a statement. “Exactly four months after the start of this administration, progressives are looking for tangible and specific commitments from the Administration to meet on its own platform.”
Khanna specifically suggested repealing the deduction for intangible drilling expenses and repealing the corporate tax exemption for fossil fuel limited partnerships (MLP), among other proposals.
Khanna noted that the fossil fuel industry had received up to $ 15 billion in annual federal grants over Donald trumppresidency, and the progressive congressman implored Joe biden take action to end this funding.
“President Biden and his staff should listen to the countless activists here at home and around the world who implore him to pass an infrastructure plan without these same grants and act,” Khanna said. “Obviously we need more, but Biden didn’t run on the Green New Deal, he ran on ending fossil fuel subsidies. We haven’t forgotten and hope he hasn’t either.