Ted Lieu and Jimmy Gómez Intro Bold Bill on Climate Change
CA Democratic Congressmen Ted Lieu and Jimmy Gómez on Wednesday introduced a bold bill on climate change in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. The Climate Solutions Act would establish a National Renewable Energy Standard, which would require all electricity sold in the U.S. to be generated from renewable sources by 2035. “No longer can our planet continue to rely on a passive strategy to combat climate change,” Gómez said. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4% in 2018, according to new research -- a concerning increase that comes as scientists say the world needs to be aggressively cutting its emissions to avoid the devastating impacts of climate change. Emissions from electric power generation rose 1.9% in 2018, driven chiefly by more demand for electricity, which was largely satisfied by more burning of natural gas. This fuel emits less greenhouse gas than coal when burned but is still a major contributor overall. The Climate Solutions Act would aggressively target greenhouse gases by requiring emissions to be 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. “There is no threat greater to our nation’s security than climate change. Failing to protect our planet will endanger the lives of millions, hurt our economy and jeopardize our children’s future,” Lieu said. Donald Trump has said he plans to officially withdraw the nation from the Paris climate agreement in 2020 and in the meantime has rolled back Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing the country’s carbon emissions. “Now that Democrats are in the majority, we can and will be more aggressive on curbing the impact of climate change and creating a sustainable future for generations to come,” Lieu added. More here.