From Obama: I applaud Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman for their tireless work in drafting this important legislation. This legislation will put America on the path to a clean energy economy that will create American jobs building the solar panels, wind blades and the car batteries of the future. It will strengthen our national security by beginning to break our dependence on foreign oil. And it will protect our environment for our children and grandchildren.
Americans know what’s at stake by continuing our dependence on fossil fuels. But the challenges we face — underscored by the immense tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico — are reason to redouble our efforts to reform our nation’s energy policies. For too long, Washington has kicked this challenge to the next generation. This time, the status quo is no longer acceptable to Americans. Now is the time for America to take control of our energy future and jumpstart American innovation in clean energy technology that will allow us to create jobs, compete, and win in the global economy.
The House of Representatives has already taken historic action with passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act. I look forward to engaging with Senators from both sides of the aisle and ultimately passing a bill this year.
Markey Statement on Kerry-Lieberman Clean Energy Bill
Following the introduction of the American Power Act by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.), Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-author of the House-passed Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, issued the following statement on the Senate bill:
“Senators Kerry and Lieberman, along with contributions from Senator Graham, have created an important energy and climate bill that continues the momentum towards putting a final bill on President Obama’s desk this year.
“While there are differences, the American Power Act shares the same goals with the House-passed Waxman-Markey bill. Both bills will create millions of new clean energy jobs, reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and dramatically cut the pollution that is causing climate change.
“The pollution reduction targets in the Senate and House bills are identical, highlighting the universal commitment to slash dangerous pollution before it is too late.
“I look forward to working with the Senate as they continue to modify their legislation.
“The time to act is now. We cannot wait. China is not waiting. Europe is not waiting. And the health of our economy and our environment hangs in the balance. Working with the Senate and the Obama administration, this will be the year that we finally create a lasting clean energy future for our country.”