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House Democrats' Climate Plan is Wholly Inadequate Response to Climate Crisis

CLEAN Future Act is "a Green New Dud, Not a Green New Deal"
WASHINGTON -

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the content of the CLEAN Future Act, a climate plan that purports to achieve a goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by the year 2050. In response, Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones issued the following statement:

“At a moment when we need bold, decisive action from Democrats in Congress in order to stand a chance of averting climate catastrophe, Rep. Pallone and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have come up far short. Simply put, this legislation is a ‘green new dud,’ not a Green New Deal.

“This proposed clean electricity goal represents a wholly inadequate approach that would allow for the continued long-term use of an array of dirty energy sources – including fracked gas with unproven, undeveloped ‘carbon capture’ methods. A ‘technology-neutral’ approach leaves us primed for decades more greenhouse gas emissions. A bold climate plan must call for a ban on fracking and all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and a swift and just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy across all sectors of the economy. We have no time to rely on market-based schemes, dubious offset programs or unproven carbon capture technologies designed to prolong the life of the fossil fuel industry.”

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