Mind the gap on clean energy

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The chasm between Democrats and Republicans on carbon emissions was on display Thursday during the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee’s first hearing on the CLEAN Future Act. Democrats said the bill, which is their first major climate legislation of the Biden administration, would protect jobs for workers caught in the energy transition — a central promise in President Joe Biden’s climate messaging. Several Democrats said the transition is already in full swing and that they should focus on making sure no one gets left behind.

But Republicans were skeptical of those promises, and cast the bill as unrealistic. “We’re going to destroy livelihoods, disrupt families, decimate communities, increase utility bills, threaten the stability of our grid, and we will still experience negative effects of climate change,” said subcommittee ranking member David McKinley. “We agree we need to work to reduce carbon emissions, but we also need to understand the consequences before we rush into such a punitive action