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Experts: Ukraine Crisis a Reminder to Break Dependence on Fossil Fuels

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022   

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, experts argued investments in clean energy will lower costs for Americans and reduce dependence on foreign oil and energy supply chains.

Jesse Jenkins, principal investigator for the Princeton ZERO Lab, said at a recent panel discussion hosted by the National Wildlife Federation proposals in the now-stalled Build Back Better Act could help insulate the U.S. economy and consumers from price shocks.

"If we passed a package of investments similar to those in the Build Back Better Act, to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles, across light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, we could reduce fossil-fuel demand by 2030," Jenkins asserted.

A recent report by ZeroLab found the legislation would have the greatest impact on investment in wind and solar power, at $385 billion. Meanwhile, Americans continue to shell out more at the pump, with prices expected to spike higher in response to global instability.

Jenkins contended enacting provisions in the Build Back Better Act would result in around two million more jobs in the energy supply and manufacturing sectors within the next decade.

"All of that can contribute to our ability to flex our geopolitical muscle in the form of energy exports to our allies and the world," Jenkins emphasized.

He added phasing out domestically produced oil and increasing use of renewables could help shift the global energy system and benefit human health.

"I think a more productive approach would be to dramatically reduce our own consumption here in the United States, which would simultaneously tackle the climate challenge and air pollution," Jenkins urged.

Reducing fossil-fuel consumption also would benefit wildlife conservation and habitat restoration. Groups such as the National Wildlife Federation support the bill's proposed $200 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help recover endangered and threatened species, and $10 million for wildlife corridor mapping and conservation research aimed at improving habitat connectivity.

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