Senators Push for Action on Climate Change with American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act

EDF Praises Steadfast Leadership to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 11, 2019
Sharyn Stein,, (202) 572-3396

(Washington, D.C. – April 11, 2019) EDF applauds Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) for their continued effort to address the dangers of climate change.

The Senators updated and reintroduced the American Opportunity and Carbon Fee Act. The bill would put a fee on emissions from coal, oil, and natural gas. It also covers the largest emitters of non-fossil fuel greenhouse gases.

This legislation would make a big difference to reduce climate pollution, protect our children’s future, and boost job-creating clean energy solutions. With the lack of leadership from the Administration, it is even more important for Congress to step up to the plate,” said Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President of EDF. “We look forward to working with the sponsors and all Members of Congress to help make good climate bills even better. For any carbon fee legislation, that means including an Environmental Integrity Mechanism that includes specific emissions reduction targets and timelines, as well as provisions to ensure they are met.”

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