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Clean Energy Innovation, Deployment Act Would Help Decarbonize the U.S. Economy, Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. — A new proposal to create a federal clean energy standard would create jobs and help the United States achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury, or sooner.

“To ensure that Colorado’s amazing wildlife and natural places endure for generations, we must stave off the worst impacts from climate change by rapidly adopting cleaner sources of energy,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Rep. DeGette’s Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment Act will accelerate the de-carbonization of the U.S. economy in a technology-inclusive way, while creating good jobs in frontline communities through a Climate Resilience Corp designed to restore natural resources, bolster community resilience, and naturally sequester carbon."

The Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment Act, introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), would:

  • Require that all electric utilities produce an increasing amount of zero-carbon energy over the next three decades, with financial incentives for those making faster progress;
  • Extend tax credits for energy efficiency, energy storage, offshore and onshore wind, solar power, electric vehicles, and carbon capture and storage;
  • Require the EPA to make rules cutting methane pollution by 90 percent in the oil and gas sector — critical for wildlife, public health and climate change; and, 
  • Create a Climate Resiliency Corps that puts people to work implementing a variety of natural climate solutions, with priority for disadvantaged communities and energy transition workers.

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