Senator Chuck Schumer’s Important Step on Climate Action, Jobs, and Clean Air

Statement of Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund

December 7, 2018
Keith Gaby, (202) 572-3336,

Senator Schumer’s call for using an infrastructure bill to move America towards a 100 percent clean energy economy is an important step forward. His statement also recognizes the huge potential to cut potent methane pollution from our energy system. We have the opportunity to rebuild America and create jobs in a way that that cleans our air and protects our children from the dangers of climate change. As we saw in the recent National Climate Assessment, the costly impacts of climate change are already here – and growing worse. We still have time to meet this challenge, if we take every opportunity to move towards our goal of a cleaner and safer future.

“Moving to 100 percent clean energy across our economy will take bold action. But as we’ve seen in recent announcements – including one of America’s largest utilities and the world’s largest shipper both committing to be 100 percent clean – we have the know-how to do it. All that is missing is the political will. Senator Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and many others in Congress are filling that critical need.”

            - Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund

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