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Brigid Callahan Harrison announced her candidacy for Congress. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.
Dr. Brigid Callahan Brigid Callahan Harrison announced her candidacy for Congress. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Harrison announces climate policy plan

House candidate wants U.S. off fossil fuels by 2050

By Nikita Biryukov, April 22 2020 10:59 am

House candidate Brigid Harrison wants the United States to ween itself off fossil fuels by 2050.

“Research from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us that the most catastrophic outcomes of climate change mandates that we cut carbon pollution to net-zero by 2050, and so I support binding legislation — not just a recommendation — that we do just that,” she said.

The political science professor said she would seek to empower the Environmental Protection Agency to begin moving federal agencies off of fossil fuels starting in 2024.

She also wants to implement gradually-increasing fuel efficiency standards starting in 2022 and sponsor congressional investment in green jobs, among a host of other measures.

“In order to address this crisis immediately, we need a binding congressional plan that plants the United States firmly in the position as a world leader again in addressing the root causes of the climate crisis, focuses on environmental stewardship and conservation, protect our wildlife, forests and seashores, and ensures that everyone has access to clean air and clean water,” she said.

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