Chairman Rush, Committee Leaders, Release Draft Clean Future Act Legislative Text to Achieve a 100 Percent Clean Economy by 2050

Jan 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), today released legislative text of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act — an ambitious new climate plan to ensure the United States achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution no later than 2050. 

“The green economy must be a jobs-producing economy, and this draft legislation presents a set of comprehensive steps for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas pollution, while also placing an emphasis on workforce development and ensuring that communities like the one I represent are not forgotten,” said Rep. Rush. “Problems are merely opportunities in disguise, and the problem presented by climate change presents a unique opportunity to revamp the U.S. economy and uplift the middle class.”

The CLEAN Future Act is a comprehensive proposal of sector-specific and economy-wide solutions to address the climate crisis.  Critically, the CLEAN Future Act formally adopts the goal of achieving a 100 percent clean economy by 2050.  According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, avoiding the most catastrophic outcomes of climate change requires meeting this target.  To that end, the draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a comprehensive set of policy proposals within the Committee’s jurisdiction that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy. 

Today’s release of the draft legislative text follows the announcement of the legislative framework earlier this month and is the result of the Committee’s ongoing work to seriously and meaningfully tackle the climate crisis.  To date, the Committee has held 15 hearings addressing the climate crisis, including seven focused on how best to facilitate deep decarbonization of various sectors of our economy.

The draft legislative text is available HERE and a section-by-section is available HERE.