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Matsui Applauds Passage of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act

Press Release

Date: Sept. 24, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the passage of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act.

"Today is an important step forward to reaffirm our urgency in addressing the climate crisis and moving our economy forward into the 21st century. The science is clear. If we don't act on the climate in this pivotal moment, future generations will pay the price of our inaction," said Congresswoman Matsui. "By making investments in sustainable, modern, efficient infrastructure and programs we can continue to grow our economy while tackling our goal of a net-zero emission, climate friendly future. I worked to get my bill, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) included, which helps replace old, dirty diesel engines with cleaner technologies. With the funding authorized through this bill, we will be able to upgrade millions of diesel engines on our waterways, rails, and roadways -- improving our air for our communities. In order to combat the most catastrophic consequences of climate change, we need to continue to be bold. It is critical that Congress prioritizes our environment and seizes the moment to maximize the economic opportunities for American families."

The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act makes long-overdue reforms to U.S. energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. It includes programs to develop and deploy renewable and distributed energy resources; improve the efficiency of our homes and businesses; electrify our transportation sector; modernize the grid and enhance its resiliency; prioritize the needs of environmental justice communities; reduce carbon pollution from industrial and traditional sources; and much more. Taken together, these measures provide a path towards modernizing our energy system while taking an important step to tackling the climate crisis and growing our economy.

A fact sheet on the bill can be found HERE.