Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled
the Senate's version of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, building on the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act by the House in June.
"We know clean energy is the ticket to strong, sustainable economic growth," said
to create clean energy jobs, reduce pollution, and protect American security by improving domestic energy production and curbing global warming, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
was announced the same day the Environmental Protection Agency officially announced plans
to regulate carbon emissions from utilities and large industrial sources.
Non-profit leaders also praised the legislation for its multi-faceted economic benefits.
"Quite simply, this bill means less pollution and more clean energy," said Joe Mendelson, global warming policy director of the National Wildlife Federation. "It will move America forward in the new clean energy economy, create new jobs and help ensure our country is a leader in developing and selling clean energy technology around the world."