In a publicity stunt tied directly to the People’s Climate March, Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.-D) will announce new legislation that would ban fossil fuels by 2050.
Merkley said he will introduce the bill the week of April 24, ahead of the planned rallies across the country. The legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt-I), is called the “100 by ’50 Act.”
Merkley said in a statement the legislation is in response to the election of Donald Trump and an “anti-science Congress.” The same Congress he’ll need to pass his new bill.
Merkley said now more than ever is the “time to push for a bold new strategy to tackle #Climate Change.” That means a “fundamental shift” in how America produces and uses energy.
But even under President Obama and a Democratic-led congress, fossil fuel usage and fracking continued to grow and helped make America one of the largest natural gas and oil producing countries.
They also bandied about the idea of a carbon tax, but that was killed by congressional Democrats from oil and gas producing states. It also polled as a highly unpopular idea by Americans.