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NH Businessmen "Seeing Green" in Federal Greenhouse Gas Bill

May 28, 2008

Manchester, NH - Green business leaders from across New Hampshire are rallying in Manchester today to push for the federal Climate Security Act. The bill would limit greenhouse gas emissions, and the businessmen say that would mean new, green jobs and a boost for New Hampshire's economy.

Investor Jim Rubins, a former state Senator and Republican candidate for Governor, says the bill has support from across the political spectrum.

"New Hampshire is at the end of the fossil fuel pipeline, because we produce none of it here. A brighter economic future based upon energy efficiency and indigenous clean resources is supported on a bipartisan basis. Washington is, I'm afraid, out of touch with New Hampshire."

Some company leaders oppose the bill, but Rubins argues these businesses are not looking at the impact of old energy sources on New Hampshire's economy.

"The business groups that are opposed to action on climate change are, in my view, wedded to continued reliance, continued addiction, to imported fossil fuels. We're exporting jobs, we're bleeding the national economy with this addiction and they're not looking at the future."

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider the bill next week. Opponents say capping CO2 would drive up energy costs with the economy already struggling. Organizers hope today's event will help sway the votes of Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu to the "yea" column. Neither Senator has said formally which way he is leaning.

John Robinson/Steve Powers, Public News Service - NH