Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Act Gains Momentum in Congress

November 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (HI-02) legislation, H.R. 3671, Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) continues to gain momentum in Congress, adding eleven new House cosponsors since it was introduced in September. The legislation, based on Hawaii’s legislation setting 100% clean energy goals, would put the United States on a pathway to replace fossil fuels with 100% clean energy generation and use by 2035.

Evidence continues to mount of the imminent and catastrophic effects of climate change in the United States and worldwide.  HR. 3671, the OFF Act builds on progress made in Hawai‘i and other states that have committed to address the climate change crisis head on and deploy the technologies that will put America on the path toward a clean, sustainable energy future.

“It’s long overdue for Congress to take action to address the threat of climate change to our people and our planet,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “We must end our addiction to fossil fuels and transition America toward a clean, sustainable energy economy and prioritize our future. I urge my fellow lawmakers to join us in supporting the OFF Act to put our country on the path to a 100 percent clean energy economy.”

“The OFF Act is a bold, but necessary step for one of the preeminent challenges facing our planet,” said Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.  “This bill is about creating a healthier, cost-efficient economy that realizes profit and the health of our children are not mutually exclusive. This nation is in jeopardy if members of Congress continue to bury our heads in the sand and refuse to face the reality that climate change is truly a mortal threat. We have an opportunity to create millions of new jobs, invest in technology and sustainability, and preserve the planet for generations to come by ending our fossil fuel dependence by 2035.”

Having served for a decade on the California Air Resources Board, I have seen firsthand how California’s transition from fossil fuels to alternative and renewable energy has transformed our economy, improved public health, and served as a model for the rest of the world. I am proud to partner with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to move our energy sector forward and to require a transition to clean energy by 2035,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

“Americans deserve a Congress that will step up and act to solve climate change. We simply cannot afford to continue using taxpayer dollars to prop up the coal and oil industries. It is long past time to transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable energy,” Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) said. “Scientific experts across the world are in clear agreement that climate change is happening and we are quickly running out of time to do something. This bill would take the strong action needed to aggressively combat climate change and lay the groundwork for the 100 percent clean energy economy our country needs.” 

“As recent monster storms and raging wildfires clearly demonstrate, our climate crisis is acute. Science shows that to keep a decent chance of avoiding deeper climate chaos, we must move off fossil fuels aggressively, and the transition needs to be complete by 2035,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The OFF Act is the strongest, most comprehensive climate and energy legislation we’ve got, and we’re mobilizing across the country to make it the law of the land.”

Background:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, H.R. 3671 is currently supported by environmental advocates and co-sponsors including Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton, (DC-AL), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), and James McGovern (MA-02).  The legislation has also been endorsed by nearly 400 clean energy, climate change, and environmental organizations. Download the full bill text here.

 

More updates and information from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard can be found here:

·         Gabbard.house.gov

·         Facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard

·         Twitter.com/TulsiPress

·         YouTube.com/TulsiPress

·         Flickr.com/RepTulsiGabbard

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