(Washington, DC – August 7, 2019)—The Environmental Defense Fund today applauded the New Democrat Coalition for releasing a platform of principles that includes a push for a 100% clean economy by 2050.
To achieve a 100% clean economy, the U.S. must produce no more climate pollution than we can remove by 2050. Securing a 100% clean economy by mid-century is consistent with the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“To protect our kids’ health, create quality jobs, and upgrade critical infrastructure, the U.S. must secure a 100% clean economy,” said Elizabeth Gore, EDF Senior Vice President, Political Affairs. “This bold and achievable goal is supported by a diverse group of lawmakers, and EDF is pleased to see the New Democrat Coalition find effective and efficient solutions to the climate crisis.”
The principles released by the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task force also calls for investments in resiliency, job-creation, and other initiatives to combat climate change.
The New Democrat Coalition released its platform of principles two weeks after Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said the House Energy and Commerce Committee will focus on policies to achieve a 100% clean economy and Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) announced he will introduce legislation to put the country on a path to a 100% clean economy by 2050.
The New Democrat Coalition consists of over 100 Democratic members of Congress who advocate for pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.
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