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Later this morning, House Democrats — Speaker Pelosi and Representative Kathy Castor of the House Special Committee on Climate — will unveil the most detailed and sweeping proposal in a decade for dealing with the climate crisis, which reportedly also weaves environmental justice into every element of the plan. The key point is that it sets a national goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, with interim targets in 2030 and 2040, including net zero in the power sector by 2040 and all new cars and light trucks to be fully electric by 2035, according to E&E News, which got a copy last night. It also recognizes that renewable energy development like offshore wind should be a priority while ending offshore oil and gas drilling. Interestingly, it does not ban future oil and gas leasing on federal lands.
The plan emphasizes environmental justice and would create an enforcement surge at EPA and also proposes a new amendment to the Civil Rights Act to protect victims of environmental and climate injustice.
This climate action plan is in addition to a huge $1.5T infrastructure proposal unveiled last week by House Democrats that incorporates numerous climate change provisions and requires states to set greenhouse gas reduction goals in order to receive infrastructure funding from the government.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted committing to the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, one that 130 other nations have already signed on to. For a country plagued by algae bloom-causing bushfires, deforestation, and legions of mice, Morrison’s avoidance of pledging net zero has baffled many and […]
Heat waves are now the United States’ top weather-related cause of death. To combat the impacts of extreme heat and rising temperatures brought on by climate change, Joe Biden launched a government-wide strategy on Monday: six federal agencies will collaborate to protect vulnerable populations, including outdoor workers, children, and the elderly. The Labor Department’s […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The UN General Assembly has kicked into full gear, and President Biden took center stage on Tuesday to pledge that the US will double the amount of money it spends to help poorer nations fight climate change. Still, critics say that the pledge, now totaling $11.4 billion a year […]
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