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Clean Energy Showtime in the U.S. Senate

October 1, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The debate over clean energy legislation died down over the summer, but it is on the front burner again this week. The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act has been officially introduced in the U.S. Senate. It is similar to the bill passed by the U.S. House in June that puts limits on pollution and invests in clean energy technology and development.

Joe Mendelson, global warming policy director for the National Wildlife Federation, sees the legislation's Senate debut as a sign that momentum on the topic is back.

"They can tackle this issue this year and finally move us forward, so the nation will be the leader we can be on creating clean energy jobs, retooling our economy and tackling our greatest environmental threat."

The introduction comes on the heels of a new analysis released this week by the University of California-Berkeley that shows federal clean energy legislation would create almost 2 million new jobs nationwide. Opponents of the legislation say it will result in job losses and higher utility bills for consumers.

Mendelson claims the chorus of voices supporting federal clean energy policies is growing.

"It's industry saying we need to retool; national security folks saying we need to really focus on our energy independence; and folks like the National Wildlife Federation who want to make sure that we're protecting our natural heritage from the effects of climate change."

The UC-Berkeley research is available at

Deb Courson, Public News Service - TN