Congressional Black Caucus Honored for Clean Energy Support

National Wildlife Federation, Green for All and a coalition of conservation groups hosted a Capitol Hill reception to honor the Congressional Black Caucus for its commitment to build a clean-energy economy.

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors thanked the CBC for its efforts to successfully pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act in June of 2009 in the U.S. House.

“The fight continues,” Dillon-Ridgley said, “and we look forward to working with the CBC and others who are committed to building a clean energy economy.”

Dillon-Ridgley (third from right) joined Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (second from right) in presenting CBC members with awards of recognition for their support of clean energy.

We must continue fighting for climate legislation on behalf of all Americans because:

1. We need to reinvest in our economy

· Clean energy is the key that will unlock millions of jobs. Those jobs should be “made in America” – not somewhere else, such as China.

2. We need to help families and workers

· We need to protect low-income Americans, who spend a much larger share of income on energy-related

· We need to help Americans working in carbon-intensive industries transition to clean-energy jobs.

3. We have got to start cutting the global warming pollution that is already affecting our communities and our natural world

· Our cities are getting hotter, we’re running out of water, our coastlines and floodplains are getting
slammed by more intense storms.

· If we don’t start turning the corner, these impacts are going to become more severe and more difficult to
adapt to.

Dillon-Ridgley with Van Jones, senior policy advisor of Green for All.

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Published: September 15, 2010