WASHINGTON — Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced the Energy Infrastructure Act of 2021, authorizing nearly $100 billion for energy programs — including a host of federal clean energy infrastructure initiatives that are critical to U.S. efforts to combat climate change.
“This bill has a lot to recommend it,” said Lindsey Baxter Griffith, Director of Federal Policy at Clean Air Task Force. “We are particularly grateful to see significant provisions to support carbon capture transport and infrastructure, invest in grid infrastructure, create hydrogen hubs, fund advanced reactor demonstrations, and support the plugging, remediating, and reclaiming of orphaned wells to reduce the emission of super pollutants, among others.
Today’s bill is a strong step forward, and points the Department of Energy in the right direction on a host of critical clean energy fronts. There is plenty of work still to do to enact strong climate policies in this Congress, but this is a vital piece of the puzzle.”
The bill passed the committee by a bipartisan vote of 13-7.
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