Congressman Evans Announces support the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act

July 27, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Evans (Philadelphia and Montgomery County) announces his support for H.R. 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), which will put the United States on a pathway to replace fossil fuels with 100 percent clean energy generation and use by 2035.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), would eliminate tax giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, and provide support to transitioning workers who will be impacted by this generational change. The bill has been endorsed by over 400 clean energy, climate change, and environmental justice organizations

“Climate change is directly related to our national security, economic prosperity and food supply. Our energy policy must promote a sustainable, greener tomorrow for future generations.  I will continue to fight to ensure that my constituents have clean air, access to safe drinking water and able to use and enjoy our nation’s public lands,” said Congressman Evans.

The OFF Act sets an ambitious timeline to cut carbon emissions by ending America’s reliance on fossil fuels by 2035 in order to avert some of the most devastating impacts of climate change. Transitioning to clean energy will stimulate our economy, support our working men and women, and protect our environment.  This bill will increase our competitiveness by investing in clean energy technologies, jobs, and training programs. Additionally, it will improve the health and well-being of the American people and our planet from toxic pollutants, asthma and respiratory illnesses, and environmental degradation.

“Environmental Justice and Climate Justice communities and workers deserve better and more than an economy that continues to dig, burn, and dump in their backyard in spite of extreme climate threats. It is time to wake up as a nation and come together to set a visionary Just Transition away from fossil fuels that are polluting our neighborhoods, Tribal territories, and are leading to levels of CO2 that are already creating climate catastrophe for those at the frontlines in the US and the Global South.  We need greater reinvestments and sustainable control of energy by communities, viable opportunities for workers, and a plan to move away from market-based solutions and corporate subsidies that reward dangerous behavior by the very industries that are supposed to meet our needs.” - Angela Adrar, Executive Director, The Climate Justice Alliance