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Pallone Applauds House Passage of Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act

September 24, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded House passage of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act that makes critical reforms to U.S. energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. Pallone led House passage of the bill that delivers clean energy reforms and lays the groundwork for comprehensive climate policy.

“The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act will spur clean energy innovation, electrify our transportation sector, make homes more energy efficient, modernize our electric grid and create good paying jobs right here at home at a time when we need them most. It also addresses the need for environmental justice by investing in grant programs for impacted communities and improving information sharing so Americans can be better informed about the risks in their neighborhoods. It is a net win for our environment and economy alike,” said Congressman Pallone. “What’s more, it presents practical and achievable policies that have a real shot at becoming law this year after negotiations with the Senate. I’m grateful to all my colleagues who worked with me on this sweeping energy package, and proud that the House took decisive action to pass it today.”

The Clean Economy and Innovation Act:

  • Supports the transition to a low-carbon economy by investing in clean energy, distributed energy resources, energy storage systems, and microgrids which are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Sets new energy efficiency standards for buildings, which roughly count towards 30% of greenhouse gas pollution, and provides funding for schools, homes, municipal buildings, and manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency and deploy energy-efficient technologies.
  • Invests in the technology and infrastructure needed to electrify and substantially reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which is the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S.
  • Encourages the adoption of electric vehicles by investing more than $36 billion to help speed up the electrification of our transportation sector and make electric vehicles an option for more communities. 
  • Prioritizes clean energy projects located in low-income and marginalized communities and advances the development of technologies and practices that expand access to clean energy.
  • Creates new environmental justice grant and training programs to empower communities and reduce health disparities.
  • Establishes a clean energy workforce development program to educate and train the next generation of clean energy researchers, scientists, and professionals, including through grants to eligible businesses.

Pallone spoke in favor of the bill yesterday on the House Floor. Text is available here. Video is available here. A detailed fact sheet is available here.