(Eco Watch) - Ahead of the People's Climate March, Senators Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders & Ed Markey stood beside movement leaders to introduce legislation that will completely phase out fossil fuel use by 2050. The "100 by '50 Act" outlines a bold plan to support workers & prioritize low-income communities while replacing oil, coal & gas with clean energy sources like wind & solar.
The "100 by '50 Act" would put a halt to new fossil fuel infrastructure projects like Keystone XL & DAPL & fracked gas pipelines facing opposition from tribes & landowners. Instead of new fossil fuel infrastructure, the bill invests hundreds of billions of dollars per year in clean energy—enough to create four million jobs. These large-scale clean energy investments prioritize black, brown & low-income communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
The issues covered by the bill reflect the demands of the climate movement, from Standing Rock to the fossil fuel divestment campaign, to the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The content stands in bright contrast to Trump's vision of a more polluted America where fossil fuel billionaires profit at the public's expense. While this precedent setting bill is unlikely to pass during the Trump administration, similar bills are being considered at the state & local level in California, Massachusetts, New York and elsewhere across the country.
At a press conference held by Senators Merkley & Sanders, speakers included representatives from climate & environmental justice groups, progressive organizations & more. A crowd of supporters carried banners & signs reading "100% Clean Energy For All," &, "Keep Fossil Fuels In The Ground." The event was part of an ongoing week of action leading up to the People's Climate March on April 29, when thousands of people are converging in DC & around the country to march for jobs, justice & the climate.