U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chair Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), and Energy Subcommittee Chair Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) today released the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act of 2021. The bill includes a target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our economy by 2050 and language requiring strong labor standards in the clean economy, assistance for communities impacted by the changing energy mix and deindustrialization, and funding for clean technology manufacturing. In response to the introduction of the bill, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh.
“The bill introduced today includes important provisions to ensure that our nation is building a clean economy that works for all. The crises of climate change and income inequality are intrinsically linked and this bill makes clear that we cannot successfully tackle one while disregarding the other. The CLEAN Future Act lays a solid foundation, but there is much work to be done and we look forward to working with the committee to strengthen this bill moving forward.”