The Democratic Party has released its first major bill (pdf) to achieve a "100% clean energy economy by 2050," calling for a radical transition from traditional energy sources to renewables such as wind and solar energy.
Called the "2019 100 Percent Clean Energy Act" or the "100x 50 Act," the act works on "net-zero air emissions throughout the energy of the United States. That means replacing carbon-polluting power with wind, solar, and other clean energy sources across all industries of the economy— from transportation to electricity production— while having no more air emissions than we eliminate from the environment.
According to the proposed bill, the current authorities must take immediate action.
"The draft proposal encourages federal agencies, though being technology-neutral, to use established powers to reduce carbon emissions and meet the national long-term goal. Agency activities may include legislation, grants, research and development, measures to minimize their pollution, and any other initiatives necessary to meet the national target. "
The bill would also allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review strategies and monitor progress.
The 100x 50 plan serves as an option to the more optimistic Green New Deal supported by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), which proposed zero emissions of carbon by 2030.
The 100% Clean Economy Act represents the proposal proposed by the aspiring former presidential Democratic Party, Beto O'Rourke, who devised a plan to spend $5 trillion over the next decade to reach net-zero pollution by 2050. O'Rourke's plan came in for Ocasio-Cortez's stinging criticism, who said it wasn't ambitious enough. The creation of the 100x 50 proposal illustrates the Democrats ' split, with the Green New Deal being sponsored by the party's more progressive faction rally.
Nonetheless, at a September meeting of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (pdf), the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Walden (R-Ore.) discussed the contradictions in the climate policies of the Democrats.
"The gap between Democrats ' rhetoric and reality has come out of hand," Walden said. "Leading Democrats to call for the eradication of nuclear power," he said, "Nearly every major candidate wants to eliminate or phase out nuclear power," but "nuclear is more than half of the carbon-free energy of our nation."
Such technologies are everywhere in our lives, but we have no tested breakthroughs that will make us sustainable models of them, zero-carbon. If we're trying to get to zero-carbon emissions eventually, we've got a lot more inventing to do. "While the 100 Percent Clean Economy Act provides goals and objectives to strive for reducing carbon and other pollution, it also shows a lack of data on how such radical changes can be accomplished to the very pillars of the U.S. economy although sustaining or increasing economic growth— and what.
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