WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today’s introduction of the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 by Congressman Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and more than 150 additional members of Congress is a much needed demonstration of a commitment to employ sustainable solutions to prevent greater worsening of the effects of a changing climate.
“Solving problems as far-reaching as climate change requires a broad and inclusive approach,” said Shannon Heyck-Williams, director of climate and energy policy at the National Wildlife Federation. “We applaud Rep. McEachin and the many bill co-sponsors for laying out a bold vision for addressing the climate crisis. Developing and deploying non-polluting energy is an essential and urgent need, and should not be a partisan strategy. Climate change affects all Americans regardless of their political stripes, and clean energy solutions can benefit all Americans.
“Our transition to a best-of-the-above energy approach should ensure that vulnerable communities and affected workers are first in line to work on developing clean energy and emission-reduction projects, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, reclaiming degraded sites and restoring healthy ecosystems. These actions will help build lasting solutions that not only support economic opportunity for people, but will safeguard our climate, land, air and water for the thousands of wildlife species that call America home.”
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