The Framework outlines the nine following common principles for national climate action:
Adopt science-based targets for greenhouse gas neutrality by mid-century;
A clean US economy must be strong, competitive, and fair;
Climate action should invest in America's future;
Climate action should deliver a just and equitable transition;
Climate action should protect low-income households;
Climate action should strengthen community resilience to better withstand new climate realities;
Climate action should empower state, local, tribal, and territorial governments;
Climate action should avoid harm to first movers; and
Climate action should create stable and predictable policies.
Rep. Tonko told Bloomberg Environment that "[t]he plan here is to make certain that we have a common understanding of the guidelines” that will serve as a tool to assess US climate policy solutions. The Framework is intended to guide bipartisan, bicameral progress on climate policy.
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