Statement: Senate committee releases ambitious new climate report

Leaders make strong case for robust action to cut planet-warming emissions

Dan Jacobson, Director, Environment California issued the following statement:

“The Senate plan released today is a start. To solve the climate crisis, we’ll need bold solutions, including 100 percent renewable energy to power our society and an expedited transition to clean transportation. That’s why we’re calling for all new cars to be electric by 2035, all buses to be electric by 2030, and to double the number of people who travel on foot, bike or public transit by 2030. 

“From coast to coast, the case for taking uncompromising action on climate change could not be clearer. Lightning and extreme heat have combined to devastate California, Colorado and other western states. In the East, two tropical storms are simultaneously threatening the Gulf Coast, fueled by unusually warm waters. And in the Midwest, Americans continue to reel from the unexpected devastation caused by a derecho.

“The Senate committee deserves applause for recognizing the massive problems we face with the changing climate, but we now look forward to bipartisan efforts to get bold climate solutions implemented as quickly as possible.”