Should Congress pass the “Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s Future Act”?

• "One of our most important jobs is to make sure our federal laws and policies will enable, not disable—the affordable and reliable delivery of energy and power… The CLEAN Future Act mandates massive electrification on an unprecedented scale and pace, with no regard for cost. How do you realistically do that, without weakening reliability, on the timescales in this bill? Consideration for people’s household budgets is also absent from this legislation." Source: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican, Washington, District 5)

• "There is absolutely no doubt that the world desperately needs bold policies to address the climate crisis. This proposal falls well short of this need. The proposed clean electricity goal represents an insufficient timeline, and could wind up greenwashing an array of dirty energy sources—everything from nuclear power to fracked gas with so-called ‘carbon capture.'" Source: Mitch Jones (Food & Water Watch)
• "The CLEAN Future Act promises 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’ health and homes. This legislation will create millions of homegrown jobs in a climate-resilient economy, ensuring our workers and businesses can compete in the 21st century transition to clean technology that’s already happening." Source: Rep. Frank Pallone (Democrat, New Jersey, District 6)

• "This bill helps lead the way to an ambitious clean energy transition, with significant investments in economic recovery and commitments to bold new sector-specific standards for decarbonization. Notably, the bill’s support for a strong clean electricity standard.. breaks new ground in recognizing the urgency of this transition... Furthermore, this legislation acknowledges that the economic and racial justice crises are deeply intertwined with the climate crisis." Source: Coalition for Green Capital
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