U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, reintroduced a bill to spur innovation in key areas critical to combating climate change.
The Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act of 2019 encourages public-private research partnerships and awards innovative solutions to address climate change based on existing federal prize authority, according to a news release.
“We have reached a critical juncture in the fight against global warming and need to encourage technological innovation that addresses climate change using sustainable, research-based methods,” Lipinski said in the release. “Federal and private sector prize competitions have led to incredible breakthroughs and have the opportunity to play an important role in addressing the global climate change crisis.”
The legislation directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program called “Climate Solutions Challenges,” which will organize prize competitions around five topics: carbon capture, energy efficiency, energy storage, climate resiliency and data analytics to better understand the changing climate and weather patterns.
The bill has eight other sponsors, some of whom are members of the Climate Solutions Caucus, which seeks to promote solutions to climate change, according to the release.