Support the House Bill H.R.5606, Future Generations Protection Act. To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the emission of any greenhouse gas in any quantity from any new electric utility steam generating unit, and for other purposes.
Congress finds the following:
(1) The use of fossil fuels exacerbates the climate crisis, threatens America's natural resources, and disproportionately damages frontline environmental justice communities.
(2) In order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the Federal Government should transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
(3) In achieving its energy goals, it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to ensure a fair and just transition for workers and frontline communities.
(4) The Federal Government should do this by prioritizing racial and gender equity, environmental justice, and partnering with labor unions to ensure that workers have training for and access to clean-energy jobs.
The urgency of the climate crisis is more obvious than ever. For too long, fossil fuel corporations have wreaked unchecked havoc on this planet, disproportionately impacting frontline communities.
* Fracking has unleashed a steep spike in methane emissions, a greenhouse gas more than 80 times more potent than CO2.
* We must stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure now, yet utilities push for new natural gas power plants.
* Exporting oil and gas encourages continued drilling and fracking, and it locks us into more greenhouse gas emissions.
The Future Generations Protection Act stops fracking, puts a halt to new fossil fuel power plants, and ends the oil and gas exports that deepen global dependence on dirty forms of energy. It is the most comprehensive approach to curb climate pollution yet. This bill will help us bring the real change we need --- ending our dependence on fossil fuels. It's the critical step we need to ensure a livable climate for our future generations.
Since the Bill is at this point only in the House, we would be writing to our Rep, Chuck Edwards, asking him to familiarize himself with, and co-sponsor, HR5606.