Comprehensive Energy Plan Answers Call for Clean Energy Economy

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a
discussion draft of comprehensive energy legislation that limits global warming
pollution. The draft bill also includes a renewable electricity standard and
improved energy efficiency rules. 

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 we must move
to a new energy economy.

"The plan recognizes our dependency on fossil fuels is
a triple-threat to our economy, energy security and environment. We applaud
Chairman Waxman and Chairman Markey for providing the leadership to keep
Congress on an ambitious timetable to achieve a clean energy future," said
Joe Mendelson, global warming policy director at the National Wildlife

By repowering the country with clean energy solutions, the United States
can create jobs, end our dependence on oil, and help avoid the consequences of
global warming.

“As we repower America with clean energy made by
Americans and for Americans, we must also hold polluters accountable by having
enforceable limits on carbon pollution that are imperiling our planet.  And we must provide adequate funding to deal
with the impacts of global warming on America’s natural areas, including
our parks and forests," Mendelson said.

For more details on how fossil fuels are costing the American economy, read
NWF’s new 5 Facts to Know About the Oil Industry’s Campaign Against
a Clean Energy Recovery.

Published: April 1, 2009