WASHINGTON — A United States powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2050 is the goal of a new bill announced by Rep. Don McEachin at the Energy and Commerce Committee earlier today. The 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019, cosponsored by Reps. Haaland, Dingell, Blumenauer and Tonko, would set several new environmentally-responsible requirements, including:
requiring net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide;
replacing fossil fuels with wind, solar and other clean sources of energy across all sectors of our economy, including transportation, power and manufacturing;
directing federal agencies to develop plans and use existing authorities to cut carbon pollution.
Andrea McGimsey, senior director for Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions campaign, issued the following statement:
“The goals set by the 100% Clean Energy Act are necessary to stave off the worst impacts of global warming. We need to transition completely to renewable energy, namely wind and solar, as quickly as possible across all sectors.
“Sizzling temperatures this summer made June — and likely July — the hottest on record. Americans are feeling the impacts of global warming-fueled extreme weather events now, and scientists tell us it will get much worse if we continue to burn coal, oil and gas.
“We urge every member of Congress to support the 100% Clean Energy Economy bill and move it forward to a final vote. Americans deserve to know where their elected leaders stand on climate action change. And we will be watching closely.”