Last Friday President Obama added to his legacy as a clean energy champion by decisively rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, in a move that the New York Times said would “further enhance his credibility” as a climate change advocate in the weeks leading up to COP21 in Paris.
The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline was an important milestone on the road to addressing climate change and shifting to clean energy—but there’s much more work to be done.
On Monday, NextGen Climate America released a major new report from noted consulting firm ICF International that illuminates the way forward. The report, “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States,” uses rigorous economic analysis to come to a crucial conclusion: transitioning the U.S. economy to clean energy will create millions of jobs while also raising household incomes and reducing electricity bills costs for American families.
NextGen Climate America’s new report shows the economic benefits of transitioning to clean energy, but now we need our elected officials to make the right policy choices get us there. With presidential candidates from both parties taking the debate stage this week, voters across the county have the opportunity to hear policy specifics from candidates contending for the highest office in the land.
In a Republican debate focused on economic issues, FOX Business only asked a single question about the greatest economic threat facing our country: the devastating effects of climate change. In their answers, none of the candidates offered up any serious solutions to solve the climate crisis. With 72 percent of Republicans supporting the development of clean energy, it’s clear there’s an opening for a Republican candidate to run on a winning message of clean energy solutions. What are they waiting for?
Tomorrow night, the Democratic presidential candidates will convene in Des Moines for their own debate. At this second debate, a tip of the hat to clean energy isn’t going to satisfy voters looking for substantive solutions. Voters are looking for concrete plans from their leaders. Now, it’s up to Secretary Clinton, Governor O’Malley and Senator Sanders to step up and show the bold leadership that Americans are clearly looking for.
NextGen Climate America: Our Clean Energy Economy
Climate change is our nation’s greatest challenge—left unaddressed, it will have devastating impacts on our economy, our environment, and our communities and families. The good news is that addressing this challenge presents a tremendous opportunity to grow our economy and increase our shared prosperity.
New York Times [Editorial]: No to Keystone, Yes to the Planet
Nearly every mainstream climate scientist has said that a big portion of the fossil fuels now in the ground must remain there if the world is to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. That simple fact lay at the heart of President Obama’s decision on Friday to say no to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
National Journal: On Climate Change, Faint Lights Fade in GOP White House Race
Until the final moments of Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate, nearly everything viewers heard about global warming and energy came during the commercials.