WASHINGTON, DC – League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 6, the “CLEAN Energy Act 2007”:
“We congratulate the House of Representatives for helping to jump start a new energy economy that will combat global warming while creating good paying jobs.
In the recent elections, the American people voted resoundingly for change -- including a new direction for our nation’s energy policy based not on the dirty energy policies of the past, but on clean energy solutions for our future. Today, the House of Representatives demonstrated that it heard the American people loud and clear.
This legislation eliminates $14 billion in giveaways to oil companies already making record profits and starts investing in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency. The inclusion of the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 as part of the first 100 Hours agenda sends a clear signal that the new Congress is serious about creating real changes in our nation’s energy policy.
By saying no to Big Oil and yes to renewable energy, our country is taking a significant first step toward a clean energy future.”