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Here’s the skinny on the Democrats’ jumbo climate plan

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Here's the skinny on the Democrats' jumbo climate plan

Photo caption: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), flanked by several of her Democratic colleagues, presenting the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis report yesterday. Francis Chung/E&E News. Article by Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon and Emma Dumain, E&E News reporters.

House Democrats unveiled their vision for climate policy yesterday, 538 pages of grand suggestions and granular policy details.

The Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ majority staff report is arguably the most comprehensive climate policy plan in American politics, surpassing presidential candidates’ proposals and previous congressional white papers in specificity and scope.

Taken together, its policy recommendations would reduce emissions 88% below 2010 levels by 2050 and generate benefits totaling roughly $8 trillion, according to an analysis by Energy Innovation, a nonpartisan environment and energy research firm (E&E Daily, June 30).

The goal is getting the nation to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That’s the target widely agreed upon by Democrats and advocates to avoid the worst effects of climate change, based on science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The report encompasses more than 100 bills, and the table of contents alone takes four pages. So what are the report’s high points and takeaways? […]

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