Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:
“It’s rare for a compromise to make a bill better, but that’s what happened yesterday. According to the reports we’ve seen, the members of the Conference Committee kept the best aspects of the House and Senate versions of the bill. Tens of billions of dollars for clean energy, energy efficiency, public transportation, scientific research and a smart energy grid remain. Tens of billions set to be wasted on coal and other outdated energy sources were removed.
“Once signed and implemented by President Obama, this bill will help create jobs, improve our security and protect our planet. We applaud the conference committee for its decisions and urge both houses of Congress to quickly move to final passage of this necessary and forward-thinking legislation. As the first act of a new Congress to promote clean energy and reduce global warming pollution, this bill bodes well for the future."