UCF Global Perspectives


House Democrats Propose New Climate Plan

Oumaima Jaayfer, Intern, Environment and Global Climate Change

July 25, 2019

On Tuesday, a group of House Democrats revealed a new climate change initiative that aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 (Reuters). Reportedly, the plan entails more “realistic” climate goals compared to the progressive Green New Deal which sought to attain a carbon-free economy by 2030 (Reuters; TH). The plan does not include any binding legislative or regulatory measures, and may require overarching plans to curb emissions and promote clean energy sources (NYT). In that regard, New Jersey House Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. claimed that the Democrats strive to create “consensus” against the climate issue (Reuters).

Analysts explain that the new proposal highlights the centrist Democrats’ attempt to “reclaim the climate agenda” without neglecting its scientific urgency (NYT). Further, Pallone stated that legislators are open to ideas from the Green New Deal and referred to the 2050 goal as “more realistic” (Reuters & TH). He and other Democratic lawmakers confirmed that they will be working on a single or many climate legislation pieces by the end of this year (NYT). Reports claim the bill unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled Senate even if it goes through the Democrats-controlled House (Reuters).





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