WASHINGTON — The House Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “the CLEAN Future Act” last week to focus on the provisions of building a resilient electric transmission system to deliver clean, low-cost power across the country. 

This new climate legislation aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050, build up a safer transmission grid for clean energy and combat the climate change crisis together. The act was recently introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill. 

“The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime, but it also presents one of the greatest opportunities to empower American workers with new, good-paying jobs and return our economy to a position of strength after a long, dark year of historic job losses and pain,” Pallone said in a recent press release.

However, committee members, such as Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., spoke out against the act. “The technology needed to implement the CLEAN Future Act does not exist. What the CLEAN Future Act will do is to devastate North Dakota’s economy whether it’s agriculture community, energy community or just the entire rural community as general,” said Armstrong. 

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