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21 November 2019

100% Clean Energy Economy Would Protect Health, Next Generations



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Today, the 100% Clean Energy Economy Act of 2019 was introduced in Congress by U.S. Reps. Donald McEachin, Deb Haaland, Debbie Dingell, Earl Blumenauer, Paul Tonko, and Bobby Rush. In response to the legislation, which would transition our nation to a 100% clean economy by 2050 and require net-zero carbon pollution, Hispanic Access Foundation President and CEO Maite Arce released the following statement:

“We are facing a climate crisis and it is crucial that we work together to build a clean energy economy that works for all members of our society, especially communities disproportionately at risk to experience the adverse effects of climate change and carbon pollution.

“This bill is an ambitious and achievable roadmap that puts our country on a path to a 100% clean energy future. The American people and communities of color have made it clear that our country needs bold solutions to address the climate crisis. We cannot continue to ignore the will of the people, which is why we urge both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to take action. The time to act is now.

“By securing 100% clean energy and preventing the worst impacts of climate change, we can protect our communities' health, create new economic opportunities and secure a better future for our youth.”

Since its founding in 2010, HAF has nurtured the Latino community’s strong connection to the natural environment by designing programs for Latino families and youth to engage in outdoor experiences, including camping, whitewater rafting, and hiking, in National Parks and areas under consideration for National Monument designation. HAF shepherded the groundbreaking formation of Por La Creación Faith-Based Alliance, a coalition of Latino faith leaders dedicated to developing stewards of God’s creation by engaging and educating this generation to leave a legacy for the future. Climate change became a focus of the conservation program as evidence has grown to demonstrate that these changes will lead to significant impacts on Latino communities.

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