(August 19, 2020)
Congress created a task force to create an energy action plan with recommendations on how the government can address climate change in January 2019. The committee, better known as the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released its 538-page action plan in June.
The plan outlined dozens of ways the U.S. can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and details why Congress should “support rapid deployment of wind, solar, energy efficiency, and other zero-carbon energy sources and construction of new transmission infrastructure to deliver clean energy to homes.”
Despite the committee laying out all the ways to address the climate crisis, the plan does not call for any plans to end natural gas fracking. Additionally, it does not suggest coal-fired power end either, but instead suggests strategies to train and transition coal miners – something United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts has requested for years.
Some of the key points in the action plan include proposals on cleaner energy, the need for electric (zero-emission) vehicles, low-carbon construction materials, and eco-friendly manufacturing industries. Upon dissecting the lengthy proposal, it’s clear that regardless of employment in Texas’s deep-seated energy sector or not – just about every Texan would be affected in some way if implemented.
“This is the most comprehensive plan that Congress has ever put forward,” Brad Townsend, Managing Director for strategic initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions told Utility Dive. “We’re finally starting to have a conversation about action at the scale that will be necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change.”