Chairman Rush, Committee Leaders, Unveil Legislative Framework to Achieve a 100 Percent Clean Economy by 2050

Jan 8, 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 the legislative framework 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.

“Combatting the climate crisis and creating clean energy solutions are indisputably connected. The framework we present today demonstrates to the world that — regardless of this Administration’s inaction — this Committee will act urgently to address this pressing issue with the entire U.S. economy in mind,” said Rep. Rush said.  “As someone who represents a district whose constituents are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, I am keenly aware of the urgency of this issue and look forward to continuing to work with communities, industries, and stakeholders throughout the upcoming year to address this immediate threat.”

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 of 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 cutting carbon pollution to net-zero by 2050.  The draft bill incorporates both proven and innovative concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy. 

Legislative text of the draft CLEAN Future Act will be released by the end of the month.  Hearings and stakeholder meetings will continue throughout the year.