The Trump administration formally starts to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Meanwhile, U.S. House leaders dropped new legislation for a nationwide net-zero-carbon emissions goal for the entire economy by 2050.
More than 100 cosponsors in the House support the legislation – The 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019. It would set the stage to power all sectors of the U.S. economy with 100% clean energy.
87 global companies, including IKEA, L’Oreal, Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft and more, have already committed to targets in line with the 1.5 degree Celsius limit for global warning. “Companies are driving the transition to a net-zero carbon economy because they have done the math, they understand the risk as well as the opportunities, and they know that it makes business sense,” said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres.
“However, given the scope and scale of the climate crisis, we also need smart policies to reduce carbon pollution and drive investment and innovation in zero-carbon technologies. The 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 creates an opportunity for the U.S. to meet the critical emissions reduction targets that we know are necessary to avoid catastrophe.”
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