As Nation Reels from Disasters, 300+ Groups Endorse Sweeping Climate Bill

October, 2017



Excerpted from article originally published on CommonDreams.org

"Disaster after climate-induced disaster is proving that we can't fail to address our rampant burning of fossil fuels—too much is at stake."

In the wake of massive storms that scientists agree were made much worse by global warming, more than 300 national, state, and local groups have endorsed the OFF Act, proposed legislation that’s been called “the strongest climate bill ever.”

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, or OFF Act, was introduced in September by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who said the proposal “paves the way for the United States to replace fossil fuels with 100 percent clean energy generation and use by 2035.”

The coalition backing the legislation sent a joint letter to lawmakers explaining why the bill is more necessary than ever. “We are in a climate emergency. The threat of climate chaos from global warming is real, and the evidence continues to mount,” the groups stated. “The OFF Act will stop fossil fuel projects, create tens of thousands of new jobs while transforming our energy economy, begin to address environmental injustices, and put us on the path towards the national mobilization necessary to address the climate crisis.”

The bill calls for a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects; ends fossil fuel subsidies and directs those funds instead to the clean energy transition; funds weatherization for low-income communities; extends tax credits for wind and solar; bans crude oil and LNG exports; and supports workers impacted by the transition to cleaner energy.

The bill’s co-sponsors include Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD), Barbara Lee (CA), Nanette Barragán (CA), Ted Lieu (CA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), and Keith Ellison (MN).


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