House Democrats will call for 100% clean cars by 2035

Ari Natter, Bloomberg News on

Published in Political News

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that's sure to inflame opponents on the right.

The proposal will be released at an event at the U.S. Capitol with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other Democratic lawmakers.

In a statement announcing Tuesday's unveiling, the committee offered no details on the plan but called it "a comprehensive congressional action plan to solve the climate crisis." A spokesman for committee Democrats didn't respond to a request for comment on specifics.

The more than 500-page plan, from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, according to people familiar with the details.

It also demands an extension of a lucrative tax credit that's successfully boosted the use of solar power, the people said.

Net-zero emissions


The plan, written by the Democratic majority on the bipartisan committee, also sets a goal of achieving net-zero emissions for the electricity sector by 2040. And it calls for putting a price on carbon, among other environmental regulations, but is silent on how that should be achieved and leaves much of the nitty-gritty of legislating to other committees.

With Republicans in control of the Senate the plan serves as little more than a climate wish-list for Democrats. But it's a marker of what the party may pursue if it wins full control of Congress and the White House in November.

Republicans will almost certainly use it in an election year to paint Democrats as "environmaniacs" out of touch with working people and the economy.

"It would be a gift," said Tom Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, a free-market advocacy group that opposes many of the policies likely to be contained in the plan.


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