Statement on Chairman's Mark for Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act (S. 1733)

Oct 25, 2009

For Americans who need jobs and a planet that needs protection from heat-trapping pollution, meaningful global warming legislation cannot come soon enough. This latest version of the legislation demonstrates the momentum behind putting America on a path toward clean energy and a more secure economy.  Senator Boxer, as well as Senator Kerry and other leaders  deserve our thanks for their relentless efforts to create comprehensive clean energy and climate solutions.

In addition to reducing pollution, we also need to take direct action to protect our communities, our economies, and our natural resources from the impacts of climate change. Like the House-passed clean energy bill, this Chairman’s Mark includes provisions that will align resources across the government to address the current and ongoing effects of climate change on our public lands, creating jobs and reviving rural economies. While the mark's allocation is an essential down payment, significantly greater resources will ultimately be needed and we will continue to work with a broad and diverse coalition dedicated increasing funding level to safeguard natural resources as climate legislation moves through the legislative process.

The effects of global warming already are being felt on our nation’s public lands — the national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other wild lands that millions of Americans rely on for clean air, clean water, recreation and countless other benefits. We will continue to work with the Senate to ensure a strong bill that reduces emissions and protects our communities and treasured landscapes is passed soon.

Statement by David Moulton, Director of Climate Change Policy