Representative Jon Hansen takes the climate-change-denier position that we should just release all the carbon dioxide we want and let plants eat it.
Actual scientists say that (a) crops grown amidst more carbon dioxide have fewer nutrients and (b) instead of testing whether we can turn Earth into Venus, we could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from buildings by 91%:
In the United States, the authors cite, buildings—including both public buildings, like offices, and private buildings, like homes—contribute 35% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2005, the US contributed 2,327 megatons of carbon dioxide in the buildings sector, setting a record for all-time high emissions. Since then, emissions have declined by 25%, and are projected to keep declining by up to another 41% by 2050. But we will need to keep cutting emissions to reach our climate goals, assert the authors.
For their analysis, the authorship team defines three main ways to cut building-related emissions. They argue that we should focus on making buildings use energy more efficiently, making the power grid more reliable by increasing the flexibility of how energy is managed by the grid, and utilizing low-carbon energy sources. “There are no ‘silver bullet’ solutions for building decarbonization,” write the authors. “Achieving deeper levels of emissions reductions will require a comprehensive mix of solutions addressing both the generation and end uses of energy—a true ‘all-of-the-above’ menu of solutions to decarbonize the built environment.”
The team modeled “low,” “moderate,” and “aggressive” scenarios of this “all-of-the-above menu” to determine the degree to which we can cut emissions. They found that it’s possible to reduce building emissions by 91% compared to 2005 levels by 2050, and that demand-side measures that increase the flexibility of the power grid, like heat pumps and smart thermostats, could contribute up to 45% of these emissions cuts [Julia Grimmett, Cell Press, “US Can Cut Building Emissions by up to 91%, Saving $100 Billion per Year in Energy-Related Costs, Modeling Study Shows,” AAAS: EurekAlert!, 2023.08.18].
You can base your policy on the armchair crackpottery of a Rapture-focused Dell Rapids lawyer who studied business at Southeast and USF, or you can bone up on real science and technology and consider practical changes in building practices that can save money, energy, and the planet.