WASHINGTON D.C — Democratic United State’s Senator Tina Smith introduced a bill Wednesday that seeks to achieve zero-emission electricity by 2050.
The Senator from Minnesota said the bill would establish a federal clean energy standard to achieve the goal.
Under the proposal, Smith says every company selling electricity will be asked to increase the amount of clean energy the retailers provide to their customers.
The bill would incentivize the development and deployment of clean energy as well.
Smith said tackling climate change requires quick and serious action.
“This bill says let’s move to clean energy, lower carbon emissions, this is going to be really good for our fight against climate change. And it’s going to be good for creating jobs. I think there’s a big opportunity for the United States to lead on this issue,” said Smith, D – MN
Smith says the bill would establish a timeline that would have 80-percent compliance by 2035.