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For Immediate Release

Peter Hart, 732-839-0871

Clean Economy Act Fails to Fully Confront the Climate Crisis

Any serious climate plan must be based on ending use of fossil fuels.


Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) today introduced the Clean Economy Act, legislation that fails to fully confront the scope of our climate crisis.

As the world's largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States has a moral obligation to move more quickly to fully phase out the use of fossil fuels.

Sen. Carper's bill does not establish a phaseout of fossil fuels and promotes expensive, unproven technologies that will extend fossil fuel use, including carbon capture and storage.

In response Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones released the following statement:

"We have to move off fossil fuels now. Any climate proposal that does not explicitly stop the extraction of fossil fuels is not a serious climate proposal. Our first step must be to ban fracking, ban exports and imports of fossil fuels, and stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure. Anything less threatens future generations with an uninhabitable planet.

"Congress must step up to their responsibility to pass comprehensive climate legislation that is focused on ending the emission of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. This legislation fails woefully at meeting that responsibility."

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