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EnergyCommittee on Education and LaborCommittee on Financial ServicesCommittee on Energy and CommerceEnergyCommittee on Foreign AffairsCommittee on Science, Space, and TechnologyCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureEconomic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency ManagementRailroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous MaterialsWater Resources and EnvironmentCommittee on Ways and MeansIntroducedSeptember 1st, 2017
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Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act
To justly transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, and for other purposes.
Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act This bill transitions away from fossil fuel sources of energy to clean energy sources (e.g., energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy). By 2027: (1) 80% of electricity sold must be generated from clean energy resources, (2) 80% of new vehicle sales from manufacturers must be sales of zero-emission vehicles, and (3) 80% of train rail lines and train engines must be electrified. By 2035: (1) 100% of electricity must be generated from clean energy resources, (2) 100% of vehicle sales from manufacturers must be zero-emission vehicles, and (3) 100% of train rail lines and train engines must be electrified. The bill establishes a car allowance rebate system within the Department of Transportation to provide economic incentives for consumers to purchase new, clean energy vehicles. No federal permits for new major fossil fuel projects may be issued in 2018 and thereafter. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) terminate specified fossil fuel subsidies, (2) permanently extend renewable electricity production tax credits for electricity generated from wind, and (3) permanently extend a business energy investment tax credit for solar or wind energy technologies. A Community Assistance Fund is established for specified industrial and energy efficiency programs. The bill permanently reauthorizes the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy efficiency retrofits of low-income homes. It prohibits exports of domestically produced crude oil and natural gas, including liquefied natural gas. The Center for Clean Energy Workforce Development is established within the Department of Labor.
We must pass this! We have to transition off fossil fuels to protect everyone's future. Bring jobs in renewable energy to the communities that will lose jobs from coal mining, etc. This doesn't have to be an economic hit for Americans (except maybe fossil fuel execs)
Since President Trump has abdicated his responsibility to address the risks of climate change, Congress must now do so. If Congress – like the president – fails to take effective action promptly, it too will live in infamy and shame, and future generations will look back in disbelief at the failure of our government to participate in the world's efforts to protect our planet. Representative Gabbard’s bill is the first that directly addresses that climatic “elephant in the room”. And it is in everybody’s vested interest to support this bill as well as by supporting a revenue-neutral carbon fee that is also getting more and more Congressional interest. Global warming is not a hoax. Our Congress and Administration’s denial of it is. It is then our patriotic to protect our country’s environment from its government.