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Diverse, pragmatic clean energy solutions drive consensus, make climate progress possible under divided government

November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – Following the U.S. midterm elections, Clean Air Task Force (CATF) released a statement on the opportunity for continued climate progress at both the federal and state levels: 

“The results of the midterm elections underscore the importance of durable, pragmatic climate and clean energy policymaking that focuses on the issues that matter most to Americans across party lines: good air quality and lower emissions, public health, energy security, economic growth, and job creation,” said Conrad Schneider, Advocacy Director at Clean Air Task Force. “We will continue to build on the policy progress we’ve made over the last two years — while advocating for strong regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from the EPA — to achieve our climate targets under the Paris Agreement. We look forward to working with both parties in Washington and in state capitals across the country to advance climate and clean energy policies.”  

“Reducing emissions and advancing the next generation of clean energy technologies will help secure a prosperous, healthy, and competitive future for the U.S., and there are still many opportunities for progress at the state and federal levels,” said Lindsey Baxter Griffith, Federal Policy Director at Clean Air Task Force. “In recent years, we have seen significant federal climate legislation passed, oftentimes with bipartisan support, and it is critical we build on that progress. We must continue working with policymakers, communities, and other stakeholders to advance clean energy technologies while ensuring effective and equitable implementation of historic legislation including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.” 

“States have a historic opportunity to leverage federal funds and advance new climate policies that create jobs, reduce air pollution, and benefit communities,” said Jeremy Tarr, U.S. State Policy Director at Clean Air Task Force. “Collaboration between states and the federal government is key to achieving the public health, environmental, and economic benefits made possible by recent federal clean energy legislation.”    

CATF recently released a report that examined climate and clean energy progress made during the 2020-2022 time-period through the passage of the Energy Act of 2020, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The analysis highlights how a diverse suite of climate solutions can achieve consensus under a variety of political environments. Read the full report here.  


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Samantha Sadowski, Communications Manager, U.S., ssadowski@catf.us, +1 202-440-1717

About Clean Air Task Force 

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. With 25 years of internationally recognized expertise on climate policy and a fierce commitment to exploring all potential solutions, CATF is a pragmatic, non-ideological advocacy group with the bold ideas needed to address climate change. CATF has offices in Boston, Washington D.C., and Brussels, with staff working virtually around the world. Visit catf.us and follow @cleanaircatf.

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