New Boost to Clean Energy Bill, When Will Congress Act?

A new Congressional Budget Office report is giving a big boost to the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act. According to The New Republic, “Low-income families come out slightly ahead under the cap-and-trade program, while the cost to the wealthiest two quintiles amounts to $245-$340 per year—less than a dollar per day.”

Meanwhile, Grist says it’s not clear when ACES will come to the floor for a vote:

A report from one Capitol Hill newspaper suggests that negotiations have bogged down over the legislation’s provisions on agriculture, raising the question of whether the bill will actually get to the House floor before the July 4 recess.

American Clean Energy and Security Act authors Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have been meeting with members of the House who have expressed concerns about the bill in its current form, including Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). Details of those negotiations have been hard to come by.

Tell your member of Congress we need comprehensive climate & energy legislation now! Send your representative a message urging them to vote for ACES.

Published: June 22, 2009