Mijin Cha Testifies

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies J. Mijin Cha testified during a legislative hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Dec. 12, to discuss energy poverty and share her insights on solutions that could make electricity more affordable for low-income families across America. During her testimony, Cha recommended a three-pronged approach. 

“To address the root causes of energy poverty, we must, one, reintroduce the ban on oil exports and expand it to include a ban on fracked gas exports to keep oil and gas extracted in the U.S. in the U.S.; second, we must expand current federal assistance programs that provide assistance to struggling households, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP); and third, we must plan for and advance a managed decline of fossil fuel extraction and use,” she said. 

Cha had been invited to testify on H.R. 5482, a bill introduced by Rep. Harriet Hageman, R–Wyo., The proposed bill would commission a report to congress on issues of energy affordability, require estimates of how any future bills or resolutions related to federal management of energy resources might affect household energy costs, and impose new limits on how federal agencies can manage land and energy resources, especially fossil fuels. 

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