Top Billing

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

TOP BILLING: Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper will unveil legislation today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within 30 years. The so-called Clean Economy Act — which the Delaware Democrat will introduce today — would direct EPA to create a plan to put the nation on a path to net-zero emissions by no later than 2050, and to set interim national greenhouse gas targets for 2025, 2030 and 2040, according to a summary of the legislation shared with Morning Energy.

The bill would also require EPA to prioritize “public health, lower costs, economic growth, and support for a strong labor workforce and front line communities” in its plan. That would include prioritizing infrastructure investments “that are more resilient to a changing climate and built with domestic labor, domestic content and prevailing wage standards,” according to the summary.

The bill has support from labor groups like United Steelworkers and Utility Workers Union of America; green groups including the Sierra Club, BlueGreen Alliance and Center for American Progress; public health group, the American Lung Association; and industry support from the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies. The bill is cosponsored by more than 30 Democratic senators — including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and 2020 presidential contender Amy Klobuchar.