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Green America Urges Senate to Support Strong Climate Legislation

September 30, 2009

Washington, D.C. This past summer, Green America recognized the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) in the House of Representatives as an important step towards the comprehensive approach needed to reduce climate emissions and increase clean energy usage in the United States.

As the Senate prepares to introduce climate legislation, Green America, on behalf of its 120,000 consumer and 5,000 business members, urges the Senate to build on the work of the House to strengthen the legislation. Our country and our global community need accelerated reductions in carbon emissions, a faster phase out of dirty coal plants, and greater funding of clean energy sources.

The American people increasingly understand and support far-reaching policy initiatives to correct our current dangerous course on energy policy. Many U.S. companies are also pressing for a clean energy economy by forming new coalitions, contacting legislators, and publicly disagreeing with -- and even withdrawing from -- the Chamber of Commerce as the Chamber fails to represent the views of its members on the need to effectively address climate change.

Green America strongly encourages the Senate to strengthen the climate bill through:

  • Greater funding and a faster timetable for a transition to clean energy sources, particularly solar and wind, which will reduce carbon emissions and increase green jobs.
  • Retention or expansion of the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions.
  • Reducing allocations for polluting companies. Polluters need to pay for their pollution in order to fund increased investment in clean energy and green jobs.
  • Setting greenhouse gas emissions caps to achieve at least a 25% reduction below 2005 levels by the year 2020.
  • Excluding nuclear power as a clean energy source. Nuclear power is low-carbon once a plant is operational, but given nuclear power's damaging uranium mining, radioactive waste, proliferation potential and safety hazards, it is not clean energy.

The world needs U.S. leadership to address climate change. Strong U.S. action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to invest in renewable energy is crucial to the success of global efforts to address climate change and to the success of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December of this year.

Green America’s individual and business members look forward to hearing your position on the climate change provisions facing the Senate and the steps you will take to make the U.S. a leader in creating a clean energy future.

 

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 landerson@hastingsgroup.com.

 

 

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