ENDORSE THE CLEAN ENERGY/GREEN JOBS RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A 100% CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE
With Pope Francis I visiting America September 22-27 and the UN Conference of the Parties (COP 21) meeting in Paris, France this November 30-December 11 to negotiate a global climate treaty, there will be a lot of focus in the media on climate change. The Clean Energy / Green Jobs Resolution is a way to make the most of this media attention, communicating the severe threat of climate change and its solutions to elected officials, the press and the general public.
WHAT THE RESOLUTION DOES
The Clean Energy/Green Job Resolution has Congress supporting the following actions:
1. support shifting the energy supply strategy of the United States from coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels to 100% clean renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, and other clean renewable energy sources, and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by January 1, 2050 along with increased energy efficiency and conservation to end dependence on fossil fuels to promote climate security, jobs for all, national economic competitiveness and national security;
2. establish a national goal of 50 percent of electricity to be derived from renewable sources by January 1, 2030;
3. establish policies and programs to modernize the national infrastructure for the 21st Century, transition toward full-employment with millions of new green jobs and build a sustainable economy;
4. provide educational and job training programs, transitional financial assistance and job opportunities for coal miners and other fossil fuel industry workers displaced due to the transition to a renewable energy-based economy;
5. provide retraining and re-employment for green jobs for military veterans, including those returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan;
6. provide increased funding for educational, training and job assistance programs for rural residents and for increased emergency preparation and assistance to damaged rural communities due to the adverse impacts of climate change;
7. help the people of the United States to establish resiliency to withstand the significant impacts of climate change that are already occurring and that are expected to accelerate in years ahead;
8. establish policies that capture and store carbon by protecting forests, improving land and agricultural practices, including carbon farming, and planting and greening of urban landscapes;
9. support trade policies to maintain American labor and environmental standards and, through tax incentives, promote the growth of jobs in the United States, including manufacturing jobs, for the purpose of achieving full employment and protecting the environment;
10. phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels;
11. establish a national goal doubling efficiency of existing buildings from 2015 levels by January 1, 2030; and support a policy of the United States to work with the United Nations and other international organizations and nations to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic impacts from global climate change; and to set a national and global goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by January 1, 2050 by replacing fossil fuels with 100% renewable energy along with conservation and energy efficiency.