The Future Generations Protection Act — The Climate Bill We Urgently Need

Published Dec 15, 2021
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Climate and Energy

The window of opportunity to act on climate change grows smaller every day. This bill will help us bring the real change we need — ending our dependence on fossil fuels.
The window of opportunity to act on climate change grows smaller every day. This bill will help us bring the real change we need — ending our dependence on fossil fuels.

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Update (9/25/2023): In the two years since the Future Generations Protection Act was last introduced, the climate crisis has only gotten more dire. This summer, we saw intense storms, floods, heat waves, wildfires, and other climate disasters — making real climate action all the more urgent.

Last week, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Nanette Barragán (D-CA) with 21 cosponsors. The Future Generations Protection Act is the most comprehensive approach to curb climate pollution yet. This bill is exactly what we need to cut off the supply of fossil fuels ASAP and get us on track toward a livable future for all.
Recent debates in Congress on climate action have been disappointing. They’re dominated by lawmakers proposing massive new handouts to the fossil fuel industry disguised as real action on climate.

So-called “carbon capture” proponents want to prolong the fossil fuel industry’s existence well past what’s survivable for us. Conveniently for their donors, these projects will result in (potentially) billions of dollars coming their way.

Whether helping them profit or watching them destroy our climate, Congress has failed to confront the fossil fuel industry.

It’s Going to Take Good Policy-Making for Renewables to Displace Fossil Fuels 

There are new, necessary investments in renewables, storage, and transmission, but these won’t directly shut down fossil fuel projects. We know that renewable energy sources like solar and wind have had remarkable growth in the past decade. We also know that growth is largely on top of fossil fuels, not displacing them. Any truly serious climate plan must take on the industry and directly begin to shut down fossil fuel production, transport, and combustion. Luckily, a bill just reintroduced in Congress will do just that. The Future Generations Protection Act is the most aggressive climate legislation introduced in this Congress. It has been reintroduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Nanette Barragán (D-CA) plus 20 of their colleagues.

Fossil Fuel Supply Must Be Cut Quickly To Stave Off The Worst Effects Of Climate Change

The urgency of the climate crisis is more obvious than ever. The most important step we must take is to cut off the supply of fossil fuels as quickly as possible. This bill is the most comprehensive approach to achieving that necessary goal. It stops fracking, puts a halt to new fossil fuel power plants, and ends the oil and gas exports that deepen global dependence on dirty forms of energy. Renewable energy has become increasingly affordable and available, so fossil fuels can no longer be claimed as a necessary bridge.

We know fracking has unleashed a steep spike of methane, a greenhouse gas more than 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Its ongoing release into our atmosphere is driving the devastating effects of our climate crisis.

We know we must stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure now, yet utilities push for new natural gas power plants. And we know that oil and liquefied natural gas exports increase emissions at home and abroad. 

The Future Generations Protection Act will put a stop to all of these practices.

Send a note to your Congressperson asking them to support the Future Generations Protection Act today.

We Urgently Need the Future Generations Protection Act and It Must Be Passed

Specifically, the legislation will:
  • Ban fracking by 2025
  • Prohibit any new electric power plants from emitting greenhouse gases
  • Stop the export of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, and liquified natural gas
This is the bold action directly confronting the fossil fuel industry on which our planet — and the future of everyone on it — depends. It’s the sort of bold action Food & Water Watch has championed since we became the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking a decade ago. Now it is Congress’s duty to act with that same boldness. cá cược trực tuyến trang cá cược trực tuyến 78win trang cá cược trực tu trang web cá cược trực tuyến hay nhất trang cá cược xổ số 

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