Representatives Polis, Grijalva, Huffman, Jayapal, introduce nationwide roadmap to get U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The “100 by ’50 Act” has the backing of several groups nationwide. Click here for more information.

Environment America:
“The reality is inescapable: fossil fuels pollute our air, water and land, threatening our health and changing our climate even faster than scientists predicted,” said Rob Sargent, energy program director for Environment America. “But we can have healthier communities today and a livable future for our kids. In order to do that, we need to transform how we produce and consume energy. That starts with a commitment to move toward 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The 100 by 50 bill puts forward the right goal. Clean energy is on the rise, its costs are declining. Given the environmental benefits, it should be the go-to energy option for business, utilities, government and households across the country. It won’t be easy. But, we have no choice. Every day the urgency of our environmental challenges becomes clearer. That’s why we’re ready to work to move America to a future powered with clean, renewable energy.”

May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org:
“While the fossil fuel billionaires supporting Trump’s administration continue putting profits before people, we now have a legislative roadmap to phase out this dirty industry once and for all. This bill deploys clean energy in communities that need it most and keeps fossil fuels in the ground. From Standing Rock to the People’s Climate March, movement leaders have been calling for these solutions for years. This bill is proof that organizing works.”

League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski:
“LCV applauds Representatives Polis, Huffman, Jayapal, and Grijalva for their leadership with this legislation. Transitioning to clean energy creates jobs, protects our health, and will avoid the worst impacts of climate change. This is the type of legislation Congress should be advancing, not Trump’s agenda of putting polluters ahead of people’s health and safety. LCV remains committed to working with allies like Representatives Polis, Huffman, Jayapal, and Grijalva to transition our economy to clean energy and fight Trump’s dangerous agenda.”

Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club:
“The Sierra Club applauds this ambitious legislation introduced by Representative Polis, Huffman, Jayapal, and Grijalva as it embraces the achievable goal of creating a 100% clean energy economy. In order to halt air and water pollution from dirty fossil fuels, its vital that this transition is accelerated to protect the health of our families, tackle the climate crisis, and create thousands of of good-paying jobs. The momentum toward a clean energy economy is unstoppable, and will only build thanks to this kind of leadership.”

National Congress of American Indians:
“NCAI applauds the House introduction of the 100×50 Act. This legislation encourages community leaders to implement those efforts that value our natural resources for the generations to come. Indian Country often leads in discussions around Climate Change so we are encouraged that tribal governments will be able to fully participate in programs that allow us to plan for the sustainable future of our communities.”

Green For All:
“Climate change hurts us all, but it especially hurts low income communities and people of color. I know this from personal experience — my zipcode has some of the highest rates of pollution in the country,” said Vien Truong, director of Green For All, a climate justice advocacy group. “For too long, people of color and low-income communities have paid the ultimate price for pollution, with our money and with our lives. Green For All applauds Polis, Huffman, Jayapal, and Grijalva and those who stand with them, for delivering a bill with an array of innovative solutions that address this longstanding environmental injustice and puts communities on the frontlines of pollution first.”

GreenLatinos:
“More than 3 out of every 4 Latinos say they have “directly experienced the effects of climate change” in their own lives. Lack of access to clean water and healthy foods, exacerbated by increased drought and crop destroying climate disruption are hitting Latino communities hard and intensifying poverty and chronic health conditions,” Mark Magaña, President of GreenLatinos said. “This legislation will help us turn the corner on addressing climate change, putting us on a path toward a clean, renewable energy future that will improve the health and quality of life of Latino families while also ramping up economy activity from which Latino working families can participate and receive significant benefits.

Hip Hop Caucus:
Mustafa Ali, Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus said, “The “100 by ’50 Act” begins to lay the foundation for moving our most vulnerable communities from, “Surviving to Thriving”. As we move to 100% fossil free energy, we have the opportunity to decrease the disproportionate public health impacts in communities facing environmental injustices from pollution. As we move to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050 we have the opportunity to strengthen communities and increase economic opportunities, through worker training programs and small business development that is community driven. This act gives our country an opportunity to embrace a just transition, honor the innovation and hard work that exists in communities that are often overlooked and forgotten, and revitalize Communities of color, low income communities and Indigenous populations. The “100 by ’50 Act” provides an opportunity for everyday folks to play a role in mapping a new direction for our country, that is just, equitable and provides a brighter future for all.”

Demos:
“Demos applauds Representatives Polis, Huffman, Jayapal, and Grijalva for introducing a bold, and necessary, vision for achieving 100% renewable energy with a plan that will create jobs and build wealth, addressing the twin challenges of inequality and climate change. They are right to emphasize that equity at the heart of the solution, requiring, among other things, that at least 40 percent of federal revenue invested go to low-income areas and especially communities of color—which have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and are most exposed to the devastating impacts of climate change on its current course. The crisis of climate change is also an opportunity to redress the inequities of the fossil fuel economy and rebuild a new economy for all of us.”

“It is also exciting to see the potential for alignment between federal policy and state-level policies such as the NY Renews coalition’s Climate and Community Protection Act, a 100% renewables bill which first established the bar of 40 percent investment in low-income communities when it was introduced last spring. To deepen such alignment with state and local organizations and strategies, and to improve the federal policy design where needed, we look forward to seeing continuing stakeholder engagement from Representatives Polis, Grijalva and Huffman, especially with community-based environmental and racial justice leaders, who have been fighting this fight all along.”