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The Nature Conservancy Responds to the Introduction of the Clean Future Act

Today, Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Democratic leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced an updated version of the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act -- a comprehensive proposal to dramatically reduce carbon emissions across the economy. The bill contains ambitious emission reduction targets of 50% by 2030 and net zero by 2050. Key provisions include a clean energy standard, numerous sector-specific policies, efforts to address environmental justice, and worker transition assistance. 

These are bold steps, and we’ll need this kind of bold action if we’re going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy

“We’re thrilled to see the commitment on the part of Reps. Pallone, Tonko, and Rush to the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050,” said Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer of The Nature Conservancy. “These are bold steps, and we’ll need this kind of bold action if we’re going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The good news is, actions like these can lead to economic growth – by encouraging innovation, by saving consumers and businesses money, and by giving us smarter and better energy choices. We are also encouraged to see equity and economic transition issues highlighted, to make sure that we provide assistance to the communities that are most impacted.”

“Net zero is an ambitious goal, but a reachable and necessary one,” said Scarlett. “We see the extreme impacts of the climate emergency caused by unchecked carbon emissions –devastating storms, more deadly wildfires, impacts on agriculture and in urban areas. We must act now to reduce carbon emissions, and to do so, we must deploy an array of solutions comprehensively across economic sectors. It is time for an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. The CLEAN Future Act is an important start to the conversation. We look forward to working with the authors of this bill and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to move forward with ambitious policy to address the climate crisis.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.