New Resolution Calls for Bold Climate Action Using All Carbon Free Resources
WASHINGTON — Third Way released the following statement from Josh Freed, Senior Vice President for the Clean Energy Program:
"Climate change is the existential threat facing our country and the planet. Climate scientists have made abundantly clear that we need bold and ambitious action to get to net-zero emissions by 2050. The resolution introduced by Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez takes a very important step toward that “0x50” goal. Although a fact sheet from one of the resolution's sponsors has created confusion, the text of the actual resolution makes it abundantly clear—we must embrace every zero-carbon resource available to eliminate climate pollution and dramatically increase our investment in clean energy innovation.
"Americans need good, private sector jobs—not just green jobs. In the energy sector, that should mean paying prevailing wages, using union workers, and providing the training, apprenticeships, and access to investments that create opportunities for all. Communities of color, regions historically reliant upon fossil fuels, rural Americans, and all vulnerable populations must have an opportunity to shape and benefit from these policies.
"Addressing climate change and getting to zero by 2050 is the calling of our time. Congress must now act promptly with hearings and legislation to determine how quickly we can achieve that goal, not just with electricity but also in transportation, industry, buildings, and every other part of our economy."