Climate Legislation Introduced in House

Requirements on energy sector tightened.

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bill that would establish requirements for the power sector to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.

The legislation is an updated version of the CLEAN Future Act that was initially introduced last year but would not have required the 100 percent clean power until 2050. 

The new version also would make it more difficult for natural-gas-fired facilities to continue operating well into the future. It envisions a short-term role for natural gas plants to help reduce emissions under the clean electricity standard and would put a “squeeze” on gas after 2030.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey said the CLEAN Future Act represents his first introduction of a major climate bill in more than a decade. “I really believe that the time for slow marginal change has long passed. If we don’t take meaningful nationwide action, our children will inherit an economy in a world beyond their capacity to repair,” Representative Pallone said.

Committee member Representative Paul Tonko of New York told reporters that the legislation is in line with the climate plans of the president’s administration. The bill is sweeping in its efforts to address climate protections, with numerous plans for infrastructure, pipeline pollution, plastics, and help for fossil fuel workers who lose their jobs during a transition to cleaner energy.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of Congress as they begin to debate the legislation on climate change.
  • For God to guide the president’s administration regarding the fossil fuel industry and new rules and regulations.

Sources: Business Insider, Washington Examiner


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