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Dingell Praises Whitmer’s Strong Legislation to Rapidly Move Michigan to 100% Clean Energy Economy

Dingell Leads House Legislation to Set Nationwide Goal of Achieving Goal by 2050

Washington, September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) praised Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D-MI) leadership with the introduction of the MI Health Climate plan and committing to making Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050. Dingell leads the 100% Clean Economy Act, strong legislation to set a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, defined as net-zero climate pollution across all sectors of the U.S. economy.

 

“Look at the world: wildfires and suffocating smoke, the Great Lakes at historic high levels, devastating tornadoes and hurricanes, melting glaciers, rising sea levels – and we see it directly in Michigan with ‘Once Every 100 Year Storms’ as yearly events now,” said Dingell. “Our goal is clear: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report was clear that we must rapidly transition to clean, net-zero emissions economy. We must work together at all levels – internationally, as well as at the federal, state, and local level. I’ve introduced legislation at the federal level to achieve a clean economy by 2050 with significant progress each year. Thanks to Governor Whitmer’s leadership, Michigan takes seriously the effects of climate change on public health, environmental justice, and an equitable transition to a more sustainable economy for our communities and workers. I will work closely with the governor to coordinate federal and state efforts. Michigan and the United States will stay at the forefront of innovation and technology and leave a healthy planet for generations to come.”

 

Dingell’s legislation, the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019, directs federal agencies to use all existing authorities to put the United States on a path toward meeting the achievable 100 percent clean economy goal while remaining technology-neutral. The legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate agency plans, make recommendations to strengthen them as needed, and report each year on progress toward a 100 percent clean economy. The bill also creates an advisory committee, composed of a broad range of stakeholders, to provide recommendations on one or more interim goals.

 

The 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 lays out principles for federal agency action, including, but not limited to:

  • improving public health, resilience, and environmental outcomes, especially for low-income and rural communities, communities of color, Tribal and indigenous communities, deindustrialized communities, and other communities disproportionately impacted by climate change;
  • enhancing quality job creation and ensuring fairness and equity for workers and communities affected by the transition to a 100 percent clean economy;
  • providing benefits for consumers, small businesses, and rural communities; and
  • preparing communities for the impacts and risks of climate change. 

 

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