The American Clean Energy and Security Act Passes in House Committee
H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 was voted out of the House Energy and Commerce committee on Thursday, May 21 by a vote of 33 to 25. This is a major accomplishment and critical first step as it makes its way through the House of Representatives. The bill now will be considered by 8 other House Committees that have some jurisdiction over parts of the bill. Not all are expected to have a formal vote on it. Once it gets through all the committees, it will go to the floor for debate and vote. The House is now expected to try and pass a bill by late June or immediately after the 4th of July recess. The Senate will take up the bill after it passes in the House. Senator Barbara Boxer, whose Environment and Public Works Committee was so critical in shaping last year’s version of comprehensive climate change, will be a major leader in the Senate on this once again.
The passage of this bill is historic as it commits to curbing global warming pollution, puts our nation and others on a clean energy development pathway, and addresses and finances the needs of vulnerable communities both at home and abroad who are on the front lines of climate change (eventhough it falls short on funding adaptation for developing countries). When the bill goes to the floor of the House and Senate, it is likely that the measures passed by the Committee will be significantly weakened.
Therefore, we must CALL and TELL members of Congress to KEEP the major provisions of the current bill, because:
1. It will help create a powerful clean energy economy strong enough to create millions of career-track green-collar jobs for American workers.
2. It will save billion of dollars in energy costs.
3. It will reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and help make our country energy independent through the development and use of clean renewable energy.
4. It will limit global warming pollution by providing incentives for clean energy to thrive, and investing in emissions reductions worldwide. The bill cuts global warming pollution 28% below 2005 levels by 2020 via the combined effect of a cap on carbon and complementary policies.
- If your representative sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, find out how he or she voted. If the person helped pass the bill, thank them for their support and ask them to help strengthen the bill when it gets to the floor. If not, ask for their reasoning and reiterate your position, asking them to be a supportive presence in ensuring the bill passes during a floor vote.
- Now is the time to encourage your Representative to be a positive force for change and to help strengthen this historic piece of legislation.
United Methodist Women:
- Support improved energy conservation and greater reliance on new and renewable sources of energy.
- Support the development of efficient mass transportation
- Support a call for a sustainable national energy policy
(WMW BOR2000, #7 Environmental Justice for Sustainable Future April 2003); Book of Resolution 1002 U.S. Energy Policy and United Methodist Responsibility Resolution #6, Adopted 2004.