It’s no secret that the 117th Congress is not going to vote for America to go 100 percent renewable.
But every long journey starts with a single step. In 2017, Sens. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Ed Markey (Mass.) and Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) introduced legislation that would put the U.S. on a path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
By filing the bill, joining forces with members of Congress who are willing to champion it, and winning support for it from academics, scientists, environmentalists, health professionals, business owners and others, we can begin to shift the debate on the national level—in essence, making a 100 percent renewable energy economy the standard by which more Americans measure whether new energy policy proposals will move us in the right or wrong direction.