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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Passage of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act

Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (CEJIA), that was introduced last week.

“This bill is a great step forward in transforming our energy systems to meet the challenge of climate change,” said Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer of The Nature Conservancy. “By promoting innovation and investment in a new energy economy, we not only will create more and better energy choices but also more jobs and lower costs.”

By promoting innovation and investment in a new energy economy, we not only will create more and better energy choices but also more jobs and lower costs.

Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy

“The initiatives supported by this bill are an important part of the climate solution set,” Scarlett continued. “We need more energy efficiency, new and improved technologies–such as battery storage, carbon capture, and advanced nuclear–and improved renewable siting. We need a modernized electric grid and more electric vehicles. We need to reduce the use of highly potent greenhouse gases like hydrofluorocarbons. Alone, none of these is a silver bullet. Instead, it will take all of these and more.”

“We’re also pleased to see provisions addressing equity and workforce transition by providing resources for worker training, improved federal coordination on environmental justice issues, and investment in communities that have shouldered an outsized burden with respect to pollution and climate impacts. We hope that the Senate will soon pass the American Energy Innovation Act and legislation can be signed in to law in the near future.” 

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