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Green America Recognizes the House Passage
of ACES as a First Step, Seeks Strengthened
Bill in the Senate
June 29, 2009
Washington, DC: Green America recognizes the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) as an important step forward towards the comprehensive approach needed to reduce climate emissions and increase clean energy usage in the United States.
As the Senate takes up its version of this legislation, Green America, on behalf of its 120,000 individual and 5,000 business members, calls on Senators to build on the work of the House and strengthen the legislation to create accelerated reductions in carbon emissions, a faster phase out of dirty coal plants, and greater funding of clean energy sources.
The ACES bill, the first climate change bill to reach the Congress, makes legislative history. While US action on climate change is decades late and more action is needed, the bill’s passage is an important first step. Key elements of the bill include:
Green America strongly encourages the Senate to strengthen the bill through:
"The world needs real U.S. climate leadership. ACES is a start, but we have a long way to go for legislation that addresses the scale and scope of the climate crisis. The progress we’ve made so far has resulted from tens of thousands of citizens and businesses nationwide calling for action on climate change that meets the scale of the problem," said Todd Larsen, Green America's Director of Corporate Responsibility. "We look to the Senate to really step up to the plate. The future of our economy and our society hangs in the balance."
House passage of ACES is a first step toward building US political will to address climate change and this win opens the door for the Senate to strengthen the legislation. Strong US action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to invest in renewable energy will be crucial to the global movement addressing climate change and to the success of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December of this year.
ABOUT GREEN AMERICA
Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a nonprofit consumer and business membership organization founded in 1982. It is a green economy advocacy organization, working to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, workers and businesses—to solve social and environmental problems.
CONTACT: Leslie Anderson, (703) 276-3256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Todd Larsen by email