House Energy and Commerce Leaders Release Bold Climate Bill

EDF Statement from Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs

March 2, 2021
Shira Langer, (202) 572-3254,

Today House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Subcommittee Chairs Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced an updated version of the CLEAN Future Act.

The bill set targets of 50% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by no later than 2030 and 100% by no later than 2050. Importantly, the bill also requires the power sector to make deep cuts in pollution, broadly consistent with President Biden’s commitment to 100% clean electricity by 2035.

“By focusing on solutions across the economy to cut climate pollution, the CLEAN Future Act gives us a historic chance to create jobs and healthier communities and build a more secure and equitable future for our children.

“It’s critical the U.S. build on existing progress in reducing emissions and lock-in deep cuts over the next ten years to put us on a path toward a clean future. As this and related bills move forward, it is especially important that these bills guarantee carbon pollution from the power sector is cut by 80% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is consistent with leading company commitments— and is not only achievable, but essential for achieving our economy-wide goals.

“EDF applauds Chairman Pallone and Representatives Rush and Tonko for their steadfast commitment to strong climate action and we look forward to working with them to enact durable climate legislation that ensures emissions decline at the pace and scale necessary.”

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