WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers and leading conservation groups at a press conference on the House energy bill that is expected to be considered on the House floor next week:
“We applaud the bipartisan leaders who stood with us today to call for real solutions to our energy challenges. By supporting Renewable Electricity and Fuel Economy Standards, Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Paul Hodes (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Todd Platts (R-PA), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Tom Udall (D-NM) are demonstrating their commitment to clean energy solutions.
Two years ago, Congress handed Big Oil and other special interests the most anti-environmental bill signed into law in recent memory. But now with new leadership and bipartisan support, Congress is poised to take important steps forward towards a clean energy future. The final bill should include a significant increase in fuel economy standards and a requirement that utilities get at least a fifth of their electricity from clean renewable sources by 2020.
The Udall-Platts Renewable Electricity Standard bill (H.R. 969) would require utilities to obtain at least 20 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2020. In addition, the Markey-Platts Fuel Economy Reform Act (H.R. 1509) guarantees a yearly four percent increase in corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to ensure the U.S. achieves 35 miles per gallon for new cars by 2018.
By supporting increased renewable electricity and fuel economy standards, these Members of Congress are demonstrating their commitment to curbing global warming and helping our country transition to a clean energy economy. Both bills are win-win solutions that will not only reduce global warming pollution, but will also create high paying jobs and save consumers money on their energy and gas bills. We urge Members of the House to co-sponsor these key measures and vote for them on the House floor.”
The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV's mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.lcv.org <http://www.lcv.org/> .