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League of Conservation Voters Joins Bipartisan Call for Clean Energy Amendments to House Energy Bill

Contact: Kristin Lee, (202) 785-8683 or July 25, 2007  

 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 <>  .    


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