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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.
In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]
This past Sunday, France rode the green wave (or, as some of the French media has dubbed it, the green tsunami) as the country’s green party– Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV)– and its allies won big in major cities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, and Bordeaux. And the mayor of Paris, a socialist, also won handily.
Why This Matters: The local election has already pushed Macron to act on environmental issues.
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