As a U.S. House panel held a hearing Thursday on clean energy legislation introduced earlier this month by key Democrats, more than 300 environmental and justice organizations sent a letter to Congress raising alarm about the role of \u0022false solutions\u0022 including fossil fuels, biomass, and nuclear power in the proposal.\u0022Sacrificing the very definition of \u0026#039;clean\u0026#039; in order to achieve 100% clean energy is self-defeating.\u0022—300+ groupsThe Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation\u0026#039;s (CLEAN) Future Act is being spearheaded by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chair Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), and Energy Subcommittee Chair Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.).According the advocacy groups\u0026#039; letter (pdf), \u0022The CLEAN Future Act (H.R. 1512) is a prime example of the type of half-measure we must avoid.\u0022Specifically, they assert that the legislation\u0026#039;s nationwide Clean Electricity Standard (CES), which would require all retail electricity suppliers to obtain 100% clean power by 2035, \u0022should rigorously define clean energy to include proven solutions like wind, solar, storage, and efficiency—and exclude all fossil fuels and other false solutions.\u0022\u0022Sacrificing the very definition of \u0026#039;clean\u0026#039; in order to achieve 100% clean energy is self-defeating,\u0022 says the letter, which furthers warns that the bill \u0022contradicts itself\u0022 by including \u0022encouraging environmental justice provisions that would benefit communities disproportionately exposed to pollution and climate impacts,\u0022 but also pushing policies \u0022that do not stop emissions or other pollution at their source.\u0022Today we\u0026#039;re joining 300+ groups to call out concerns with @FrankPallone’s #CLEANFuture Act — a bill that would double down on environmental racism and our dependence on fossil fuels. Congress must push for REAL solutions. pic.twitter.com/1MwzknPdtR— Friends of the Earth (Action) (@foe_us) March 18, 2021Pallone and the other sponsors made clear when unveiling the legislation that they believe overhauling the U.S. energy system is essential. He said the bill\u0026#039;s introduction \u0022promises that we will not stand idly by as the rest of the world transitions to clean economies and our workers get left behind, and that we will not watch from the sidelines as the climate crisis wreaks havoc on Americans\u0026#039; health and homes.\u0022 \u0022This bill... fails to grasp the fundamental truth of fighting climate change: We must stop extracting and burning fossil fuels as soon as possible.\u0022—Mitch Jones, Food \u0026amp; Water WatchWhile the measure received some praise from climate campaigners, progressive green groups have reiterated concerns raised when Pallone put forth the bill during the previous congressional session.In the words of Mitch Jones, policy director at Food \u0026amp; Water Watch, \u0022While this bill has been marginally improved, it fails to grasp the fundamental truth of fighting climate change: We must stop extracting and burning fossil fuels as soon as possible.\u0022The letter—whose signatories include Food \u0026amp; Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, the Center for Biological Diversity, several Our Revolution and 350.org chapters, and scores of other organizations—argues that fossil fuels, biomass, and nuclear power are not clean energy, \u0022carbon capture and storage (CCS) is not a climate solution,\u0022 and \u0022false solutions do not align with the principles of environmental justice.\u0022Today we\u0026#039;re proud to join 300+ groups calling out concerns with @FrankPallone’s #CLEANFuture Act – a bill that would double down on environmental racism and our dependence on fossil fuels. Congress must push for real solutions! https://t.co/TeKGNtOB2G pic.twitter.com/8yMpLUmwqM— Food \u0026amp; Water Watch (@foodandwater) March 18, 2021Highlighting the impacts that coal, oil, and gas production have on the health of nearby communities as well as the climate, the letter says that \u0022the idea that any fossil fuels should qualify under a CES even on the basis of \u0026#039;partial credits\u0026#039; is an astounding concession that would subsidize existing fracked gas infrastructure and slow the deployment of cleaner and cheaper renewables.\u0022\u0022Burning biomass is uniquely dangerous to both the climate and public health,\u0022 the letter continues, noting that \u0022biomass power plants and garbage incinerators emit more carbon dioxide and harmful air pollutants per unit of energy than coal plants, including nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, and particulate matter, the leading cause of air pollution-related deaths in the country.\u0022\u0022The fuel chain for nuclear power begins with mining, milling, and enriching uranium, all of which are carbon-intensive processes that generate vast amounts of radioactive and toxic wastes,\u0022 the groups add. \u0022As a consequence, the industry is rooted in environmental injustice and human rights violations.\u0022As for CCS, the groups point out environmental, health, and safety risks, and warn that \u0022technological carbon capture applied to high-emitting sources like petrochemical or fossil fuel power plants acts as a license to continuing polluting.\u0022Rep @FrankPallone’s #CLEANFuture Act is being touted as an equitable climate solution. In reality, it relies on false climate solutions that would continue to turn BIPOC \u0026amp; poor communities into sacrifice zones.https://t.co/fyyn1yJaTv— Friends of the Earth (Action) (@foe_us) March 18, 2021The letter declares that \u0022increasing the use of false solutions increases environmental racism, undercutting the environmental justice proposals in the current version of the CLEAN Future Act and rendering them specious.\u0022\u0022Environmental justice must not be viewed as or reduced to a theory or political talking point,\u0022 the groups emphasize. \u0022It is a set of living principles that must be practiced in an effort to dismantle years and decades of systemic racism, dehumanization, extraction, and the rendering of Black, brown, Indigenous, and poor communities into sacrifice zones.\u0022\u0022As we look to combat the climate crisis, it will be crucial to resist the disingenuous efforts of polluters to co-opt clean energy,\u0022 they conclude. \u0022Allowing dirty energy to be bundled with clean energy under a CES would prolong the existence of sacrifice zones around dirty energy investments and delay the transition to a system of 100% truly clean energy.\u0022The pressure on Democrats to clean up the bill comes as President Joe Biden is planning to host a climate summit next month and hundreds of advocacy groups from across the globe are pushing his administration to commit the United States to its \u0022fair share\u0022 of climate action, including by ending subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.