WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued this statement following the Senate's defeat of Senator Pete Domenici's (R-NM) energy amendment:
"We applaud the Senate for defeating Senator Domenici's amendment, which attempted to further the dirty energy policies of the past, rather than promoting clean, renewable energy for our future.
The Domenici amendment included huge state and federal waivers and would have allowed nuclear power and other non-renewables to receive renewable energy credit.
Time and time again, the American people have spoken up in favor of investing in clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar power. They strongly believe that our country has the know-how to solve our energy challenges and curb global warming.
Senator Bingaman's Renewable Electricity Standard amendment would help do just that by requiring utilities to obtain at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. Establishing this standard will help diversify our nation's energy supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs.
We urge the Senate to pass Senator Bingaman's Renewable Electricity Standard amendment to lead our country toward a clean energy future."
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