Statement From Ken Berlin, Climate Reality President & Ceo, On The Senate Special Committee On The Climate Crisis’ New Framework To Address The Climate Change
Today, the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Energy Economy for the American People, a report outlining key policy recommendations for Congress to accelerate our clean energy future.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the perils of ignoring science and expert warnings. Because of a lack of preparedness, more than 170,000 people have died and millions more have lost their jobs, with the poor and people of color hit the hardest. We still have time to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, if we take action today to invest in climate solutions and fairly and equitably harness the opportunities of a clean energy economy for workers, families, and children.
“The Senate Special Committee’s report outlines a viable path for achieving a just clean energy transition that averts climate catastrophe, supports public health, and creates jobs and economic opportunity for all. This report, with its focus on promoting high-growth clean energy jobs, advancing economic and environmental justice, and reducing fossil fuel pollution, is a plan of attack that meets this critical moment. If adopted in full, these recommendations would achieve net zero carbon pollution by 2050, and net negative pollution thereafter—a necessary goal to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis and deliver the clean energy future we deserve.”