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article imageU.S. House leaders announce 100 percent clean energy Economy Act

By Karen Graham     Jul 25, 2019 in Politics
The United States powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2050 is the goal of a new bill announced on Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Rep. Paul Tonko, Chairman of the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, and Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee revealed the plan at a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon.
The Committee’s plan to produce net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050 is consistent with the global scientific community’s consensus that meeting this target is necessary to avoid the most catastrophic effects of the climate crisis. It is also similar to plans introduced by the UK and other countries in keeping with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015.
“Communities across the country are suffering from historic flooding, raging wildfires, increasingly severe storms, extreme heat, and persistent droughts,” said Pallone. “The climate crisis is here, and it requires serious federal leadership that’s up for the challenge.”
Pallone noted that the costs associated with transforming the economy will be no easy task, and yes, there will be costs. However, it has also been pointed out by many scientists and clean energy advocates that to do nothing will be even costlier, and will continue to grow with continuing inaction on our part.
Pallone cited the "28 global companies, representing a combined market capitalization of $1.2 trillion, that this week responded to the United Nations’ call to action by committing to the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050."
Erin Duncan, vice president of congressional affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association also made a statement following the announcement, throwing his hat in the ring in support of the clean economy plan.
“Today Chairman Pallone, Reps. Tonko and Rush shared their bold vision for policies to mitigate the impacts of climate change," Duncan said. "Moving to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 will require solar deployment at a massive scale, and our companies are ready to deliver with the right policies in place, such as an extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)."
“We’ve set an industry goal to make the 2020s the Solar+ Decade, with solar accounting for 20% of our nation’s electricity mix by 2030. This goal, alongside the goal, announced today by House leaders is achievable, but only with successful policy. The ITC serves as the best way to add solar deployment today and will provide continued stability and investment opportunity for solar while policymakers debate long-term plans for our energy future.”
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