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Connecticut Delegation Calls for New National Clean Energy Goals

March 3, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Congressman John Larson (D-1), Congressman Joe Courtney (D-2), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Congressman Jim Himes (D-4), and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-6) and Congressman Ben Luján (N.M.-3) in filing resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a new national clean energy goal. The “50x30 Resolutions” establish a goal of more than 50 percent of America’s electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and call for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the “50x30 Resolutions” are cosponsored by 30 Senators and 100 House Members.

“We need to move fast to combat climate change and prevent catastrophe, and a commitment to generate more than 50% of America’s electricity from clean energy by 2030 is a great step in that direction,” said the delegation. “We know firsthand the devastation of climate change, with superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, but our state also has the opportunity to continue to be a leader in this clean energy innovation economy. Transitioning to a clean, carbon-free environment will create good-paying local jobs in our state, improve our public health, protect our national security, and put Connecticut and the county at the forefront of our energy future.”

The full text of the resolution is available here.