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Things to watch in Democrats’ big climate bill


Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats yesterday rolled out an enhanced version of their climate bill, an ambitious effort to overhaul the power sector and decarbonize the economy.

At the center of the new “CLEAN Future Act” is a clean electricity standard that would shoot for 80% clean energy by 2030 and 100% by 2035.

It’s paired with more than $500 billion in spending authorizations and a wide range of environmental justice, transmission and environmental cleanup provisions.

The bill reflects a significant effort by House Democrats to line up with the Biden administration on climate policy and marks a first step toward addressing the issue on Capitol Hill ( E&E News PM , March 2).

“The bill marks the first introduction of a major comprehensive piece of climate legislation in over a decade, and it’s exactly the kind of federal leadership that I think the moment demands,” Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) told reporters yesterday.

Democrats have made substantial updates to the legislation since they first offered a draft version last year to mixed reviews from industry and environmental groups.Here are policy areas and political […]

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