Bipartisan action on climate change and energy Capitol Hill is rare, so when it happens it is worth examining. In 2020, U.S. Reps. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Clean Energy Future through Innovation Act of 2020 which proposes significant investments in energy innovation and infrastructure, including carbon capture, advanced nuclear, renewables, efficiency, and storage as well as a clean electricity standard (CES) which targets an 80% reduction in the power sector by 2050 relative to the year of enactment. This combination of innovation and standards reflects some of the two parties' priorities in Congress and represents a potential bipartisan compromise to move forward on climate change.
The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a webinar to walk through some of the specifics of the bill as well as what it takes to get bipartisan support in Congress. Moderator Bill Loveless sat down with the representatives to talk through how they see the bill proceeding, why they choose these specific policy tools, and how they managed to come together to work on climate.
- Bill Loveless, Co-Host of Columbia Energy Exchange, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA
- Representative David B. McKinley, P.E., R-West Virginia, 1st District
- Representative Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, 5th District