Dem senator to push 100 percent clean energy bill

By Devin Henry, The Hill.

A Democratic senator says he will introduce a bill setting a lofty clean energy goal for the United States. 

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Friday he will introduce a bill this fall to require 100 percent clean energy production in the United States by 2050. 

Merkley announced the goal at a Netroots Nation event during a panel discussion with, among others, Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate activist and donor who has asked candidates to commit to producing 50 percent clean energy by 2030, a goal enshrined in the Democratic Party's 2016 platform.