The Washington Post reports of a new plan proposed by House Democrats in the U.S that would see the nation hit net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
What’s in the Plan?
According to the proposal, automakers would manufacture only electric cars, utilities would have to stop producing pollution linked to climate change, and the federal government would double its investment in mass transit.
The ambitious package of proposals was released by speaker Nancy Pelosi and Kathy Castor, the chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Why it Matters!
While the plan stands no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate or being signed into law under the current administration, it provides a blueprint for the party should it manage to take control of both the White House and both chambers of Congress in the elections.
The sweeping 547-page report aims to make environmental justice a focus and says marginalized communities that often suffer the worst effects of climate change and pollution must get ‘the tangible benefits’ of climate action.
How is it Received?
Media outlets have called the strategy the most detailed climate plan in US political history and praising its $8tn in savings — up to $1tn a year by 2050, relative to the no-policy baseline.
“I commend the leadership and staff of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for their tireless work on the much anticipated and timely release of its Climate Crisis Action Plan,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, president, and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “We look forward to working with all members of Congress and the Executive Branch to move the substance of this report into bipartisan legislative action.”
Ms. Hopper testified before the Select Committee last year, and many of the ideas included in her testimony are addressed in the 547-page plan.
The Republican party, on the other hand, has offered little in the way of details about how they would achieve science-based climate goals.