Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation Thursday that calls on the U.S. to transition off fossil fuels by 2050, hoping to spur action on the state and local level, even as the Trump administration pushes for expanded coal, oil and natural gas production.
The 100×50 Act would impose new federal mandates requiring vehicles in the United States to release zero carbon emissions, while barring federal approval of oil and gas pipelines in the country, while also establishing an auction of “climate bonds” that would raise money to support renewable energy projects. The measure would also provide job training for low-income Americans and Americans of color, as well as those in coal communities, to work in the renewable energy sector.
At a news conference outside the Senate, Green for All director Vien Truong said she backed the bill because “literally my life, and my children’s lives are going to be dependent on it.”
Truong said that Trump during his first 100 days in office has taken several steps to make the transition to renewable energy more difficult, rather than easier. “He is aggressively attacking our climate, our planet and our future,” she said.