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Clean Energy/Green Jobs Resolution Puts Spotlight on Climate Action

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Congressman Raul GrijalvaECC has endorsed the Clean Energy/Green Jobs Resolution, introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), that supports creation of millions of green jobs; policies to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 100 percent renewable energy by January 1, 2050; and increased energy efficiency and conservation.

Though not attached to a specific piece of legislation, the resolution is intended to focus congressional attention on the importance of climate action. It is also timed for the negotiation of a global climate treaty at the November 30 – December 11 UN Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, which will draw huge media coverage putting the pressing issue of climate change in front of elected officials and the public.

In addition to shifting the U.S. energy strategy from fossil fuels to 100 percent clean, renewable energy and achieving net zero GHG emissions by the start of 2050, the resolution also has Congress supporting the following actions:

  • Derive half of U.S. electricity from renewable sources by January 1, 2030;

  • Modernize the national infrastructure, transition to full employment with millions of new green jobs and build a sustainable economy;

  • Provide education and job training, transitional financial assistance and job opportunities for coal miners and other workers in the fossil fuel industry who are displaced by the transition to a renewable energy-based economy;

  • Retrain and re-employ military veterans in green jobs;

  • Increase funding for education, training and job assistance programs for residents of rural areas and for emergency preparation and assistance to rural communities damaged by the adverse impacts of climate change;

  • Help the people of the United States become resilient to withstand the significant impacts of climate change – both already occurring and expected to accelerate in coming years;

  • Capture and store carbon by protecting forests, improving land and agricultural practice and planting and greening urban landscapes;

  • Support trade policies that maintain American labor and environmental standards and, through tax incentives, promote the growth of U.S. jobs, including manufacturing jobs, to achieve full employment and protect the environment;

  • Phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels; and

  • Establish a national goal doubling the efficiency of existing buildings from 2015 levels by January 1, 2030, and work with the United Nations and other international organizations and other nations to significantly reduce GHG emissions to avoid catastrophic impacts from global climate change.

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