Sarbanes Joins Effort in Congress to Address the Climate Crisis and Transition the United States to a Clean Energy Economy

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Democrats to introduce the 100% Clean Economy Act, a bill to tackle the climate crisis and put the United States on a path toward a 100 percent clean energy economy.

“We must take bold, meaningful and urgent action to mitigate the catastrophic impacts of climate change,” said Congressman Sarbanes, a prominent member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Today, House Democrats are taking an important step forward to address the climate crisis by paving the way for a nationwide push to eliminate dirty fossil fuels from the American economy and fully replace them with clean energy sources by 2050.”

Key provisions of the 100% Clean Economy Act include:

  • Setting a National Goal to Achieve a 100 Percent Clean Economy No Later Than 2050. The bill would commit the United States to replacing carbon-polluting energy with wind, solar and other clean sources of energy across all sectors of our economy – from transportation to manufacturing to electricity.
  • Using Existing Authorities to Take Immediate Action on Climate. The bill would direct federal agencies to use existing authorities to cut carbon pollution and achieve the long-term national goal. Agency actions could include regulations, incentives, research and development, steps to reduce their own emissions and any other action appropriate to achieve the national goal.
  • Encouraging Broad Public and Expert Input. The bill would help maximize the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy and ensure that these benefits reach all communities across the country. 

The bill enjoys the support of more than 150 co-sponsors.