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House Dems Unveil Ambitious Climate Package, Aim For Net-Zero By 2050

“The proposals stand little chance in the GOP-controlled Senate, but Pelosi puts down a marker”

“The nation’s 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.

All this and more was proposed by House Democrats on Tuesday under a plan aimed at bringing the U.S. economy’s greenhouse gas emissions — including carbon dioxide and methane — to zero by 2050.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) released an ambitious package of climate proposals that calls for a combination of government mandates, tax incentives and new infrastructure.

The proposals would mandate electric utilities be net-zero emitters of greenhouse gases by 2040 and automakers produce only electric cars by 2035. The 538-page plan also backs placing a price on carbon emissions, imposing tougher methane limits and boosting energy efficiency in buildings. Solar and wind tax credits would be extended through 2025, and the tax credit for electric vehicles would be expanded.”

Steven Mufson and Dino Grandoni report for the Washington Post June 30, 2020.


“Dem Climate Plan Would End Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050” (AP)

“House Democrats Chart Course To ‘Solving The Climate Crisis' by 2050” (The Hill)

“House Democrats' Sweeping Climate Plan Comes With Political Risks” (Washington Post)

“House Democrats’ Climate Plan Embraces Much of Green New Deal, but Not a Ban on Fracking” (InsideClimate News)

“House Democrats' Climate Plan Is Finally Here, Doesn't Totally Suck” (Earther)