Maloney Votes Against Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act

Sep 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting in opposition to H.R. 4447, the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act.

 “While I applaud my colleagues who worked in support of this legislation and the bipartisanship they demonstrated in bringing this deal to the floor, I could not vote for the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act. The climate crisis is too immediate and too massive to be countered by anything less than focused and systemic reform.

“There were some excellent provisions in this bill that I strongly support, including the very important section promoting environmental justice through the empowerment of frontline communities.

“However, there were several deeply concerning provisions of this bill that outweighed the benefits. Specifically, the provisions encouraging carbon capture sequestration (CCS), investment in aging nuclear infrastructure, and other false climate solutions would all perpetuate our dependence on fossil fuels and increase the burden on frontline communities and communities of color.

“Ultimately, I could not in good conscience support a measure that I believe would set us back in the fight against the climate crisis more than it would advance our goals.”