US House Democrats Unveil Sweeping Plan to Address Climate Change, Boost Renewables

US House Democrats Unveil Sweeping Plan to Address Climate Change Boost Renewables

In the latest move to tackle climate change by U.S. federal policy makers, the Global CCS Institute welcomes the release of the 2020 Climate Crisis Action Plan.

None of the Republicans on the select committee endorsed the plan and it was unclear Tuesday whether committee Republican will issue a counter report. We also commend the report for being ambitious enough to tackle the real change needed in the energy sector, such as recognizing the importance of improving the electric system to meet climate targets.

Calls for radical action to combat climate change dominated the Democratic agenda in 2019, but have been swept to the aside amid the coronavirus crisis and recent national debates about race and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

According to Gizmodo, the plan would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 37 percent below 2010 levels by 2030, and 88 percent below 2010 levels by 2050.

The report recommends eliminating all carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 2040 and achieving net-zero emissions in all sectors a decade after that.


U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who appointed the committee in response to demands from freshman progressive members of her caucus, said, "Our plan honors our obligation to address the climate crisis and embraces our opportunity to solve that crisis as we build a new, clean energy economy that creates millions of good-paying jobs with strong labor protections".

The Democratic plan is similar to one proposed by former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The new plan has already received the support of more than 90 outside organizations, including major environmental groups and leaders in environmental justice, agriculture, public health and transportation. GOP leaders have criticized the plan, arguing it would kill jobs and benefit China. The pollution and the costly impacts will get worse unless we act and act now.

Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann called the report "an excellent starting point" that offers a sensible mix of subsidies for renewable energy and a price on carbon emissions. In a 56-page report that did not mention the word "climate", the Energy Department on Tuesday urged building up four Appalachian states as a petrochemical production and manufacturing hub, while delaying market-driven retirements of the region's coal plants. "Farmers and ranchers work at the frontlines of climate change, and they hold a unique position to sequester carbon in our country's soils through best management practices for soil health, crop and livestock integration, and agroforestry".

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