Now, people around the world are demanding climate action more forcefully than ever. Trump has said he will veto the legislation when it reaches his desk.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the House bill a" futile gesture to handcuff that the USA economy" and said it" will go nowhere here in the Senate".
Trump vowed in 2017 to draw from the Paris agreement as soon as 2020, dealing a major blow to global efforts to combat global warming and distancing the US out of the nearest allies.
"Trump vowed in 2017 to reap the Paris agreement as soon as 2020, and also the White House said in a statement that the bill" is inconsistent with the president's dedication to place American workers and families initially, promote access to affordable, reliable energy sources and technology and enhance the standard of life for many Americans".
The White House also asserted that the bill might interfere to conduct foreign policy, including the capacity to withdraw in an agreement that Congress hasn't ratified.
The group will explore geo-engineering proposals once considered potentially harmful, but now seen as perhaps the best chance to fix the climate before it reaches a tipping point - if scientists manage to figure out a way of implementing them.
The panel said countries needed to cut carbon emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and to net zero by 2050, with steep cuts in other greenhouse gases such as methane.
Since the massive mobilization effort that preceded the 2009 Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, the world has begun translating words and intentions into real action on climate change.
Democrats said the announcement revealed the USA will continue being a leader to climate issues. "America doesn't cut and run". The House bill, she explained,"can help us carry out our ethical responsibility to future generations to handle this crisis now".
Republicans derided the bill whilst doing nothing or little to reduce as a symbolic effort that would damage the market.
"We don't want to eliminate the awesome economic gains we've achieved, and we do not want to eliminate the decrease in carbon emissions which we've been able to accomplish over the last 19 years due to... great innovation in technology that America has ever been known for", Scalise said in a news conference. "Let's not yield those kinds of gains to countries such as China and India who emit five times more carbon than we do".
"Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.said the Democratic measure was" another messaging bill to move on record against President Trump". Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Vern Buchanan of Florida and Elise Stefanik of NY.
The bill falls far short of the Green New Deal pushed by Democrats, but it is the very first climate legislation is nearly a decade. These are welcome changes but still not enough.
Democrats said the bill showed the USA will stay a leader in climate problems.
"The House is reacting to the rising calls, from each quarter, for actions to fight the soaring prices and the mounting dangers of climate change", said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.