The following statement from The Wilderness Society Vice President for Public Policy Melanie Beller is regarding the House-passed Energy and Water Appropriations bill:
“Today the House approved a backwards budget that hobbles American innovation on clean energy. At a time when we should be investing in putting people to work building tomorrow’s clean renewable technologies today, a majority in the House voted to continue yesterday’s policies. Policies that continue to line the pockets of big oil companies – even in this economy, they remain some of the most profitable companies in the world.
"In addition, it actively threatens American jobs and American consumers by repealing the sensible efficiency standards for light bulbs – standards that had already spurred innovation and created thousands of American jobs in American manufacturing facilities.
“Nothing is free in today’s marketplace of ideas – we must make investments today to be competitive tomorrow. Without directed investment, American companies will fall further and further off the global pace. Bold investments, coupled with a commitment to put facilities in the right places, will ensure a successful transition to a more sustainable energy economy that safeguards the rich diversity of wild lands and wildlife that make this country great.”