Friends of Jan Schneider, P.O. Box 57, Sarasota, Florida 34230 | 941-955-6595

Climate Change


Jan Schneider is convinced that climate change is a global emergency largely driven by human activities. The United States and other countries must accelerate transitions away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy sources. We can help save the planet by building a thriving, clean energy economy for present and future generations.

President Donald Trump took the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the earliest opportunity, but President Joe Biden reversed this on his first day in office. The Paris Agreement was a great step forward in committing countries to undertake efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But it is a beginning rather than a solution, a framework requiring more firm commitments and enforcement mechanisms.

Since then, there has been considerable progress on climate change during the Biden Administration. The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law in August 2022, was the most far-reaching United States legislation to reduce greenhouse gases pollution to date. Among other things, it provides for investment of hundreds of billions of dollars in development of clean energy. The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the 2022 Chips and Science Act were also significant steps in transitioning to clean energy while being pro-growth. Multiple studies have shown the enormous costs of climate damages already reducing U.S. gross domestic product, and such economic damages can only escalate as average global temperatures rise.

Fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal – are by far the largest contributors to climate change. They accounting for over 75 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 90% of all carbon dioxide emissions.

While it is important to reduce such emissions for environmental reasons, it is also critical to Florida to prevent offshore oil and gas drilling off our coasts for economic reasons. Currently, there is a moratorium created by executive order protecting both of our coasts through June 2032. Members of Congress from both political parties agree on the need to make this a permanent federal ban. Moreover, in 2018 Florida voters adopted an amendment to the Florida constitution banning drilling in state waters.

More generally, if our congressional representatives are serious about controlling climate change, they should restrict new offshore drilling. Beyond that, Jan has for decades opposed drilling in the Arctic, especially in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She was pleased when President Biden cancelled the remaining oil and gas leases in ANWR in September 2023. On the other hand, she is skeptical about Biden Administration approval of the Willow Project on Alaska’s North Slope in March 2023, due to the expected increase of millions of tons of additional carbon emissions.

Jan will fight for legislation to curb climate change. She supports a wide range of measures, starting with increased tax credits to encourage development of clean energy resources and technology to capture and store carbon emissions. Opponent Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) has consistently opposed bills to control climate change, including voting against the IRA, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Chips Act mentioned above and repeatedly for slashing environment funding. His latest score was 0% on the League of Conservation Voters Congressional Scorecard.



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