Clean Energy and Security Act Answers Call for Climate Action Now

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has
released a discussion draft of the
American Clean Energy and Security Act that sets national standards for energy
efficiency, renewables, and global warming pollution.

The proposal by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward J. Markey
(D-MA) positions Congress to answer President Obama's call for comprehensive
energy legislation. The discussion draft recognizes that America must lead a new energy economy.

By repowering the country with clean energy solutions, the
country can create jobs, end our dependence on oil, and help avoid the
consequences of global warming. The United States must move forward
from its dependency on fossil fuels which pose a threat to national security,
the economy, and the environment.

The Environmental
Protection Agency recently proposed the first national system for
reporting emissions of greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the United States.
This system is a critical piece of the puzzle, but enacting comprehensive
climate and energy legislation this year is necessary to ultimately give
meaning to this new emissions reporting system.

California Public hearings for this proposal were held Monday
and Tuesday, with another hearing to be held on April 16 in.
For more details on the true costs of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases to
America's economy, read NWF’s new 5 Facts to Know About the Oil Industry’s Campaign Against
a Clean Energy Recovery.

Published: April 9, 2009