The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed climate change legislation today despite a standoff with Republicans on the committee.
The Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) last month.
The following statement is by Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice:
“Momentum is building toward a transformational shift to a clean energy economy that doesn’t rely on burning fossil fuels that are primarily responsible for global warming. By seizing this opportunity, we will secure jobs here in the U.S. and fight global warming at the same time.
“We applaud the Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman Boxer for approving legislation that builds upon the Clean Air Act, which has a proven track record of reducing pollution from the dirtiest sources. The Clean Air Act has successfully protected the public and the environment from mercury poisoning and acid rain, and is currently poised to reduce climate pollution from mobile sources that account for up to four percent of U.S. emissions.
“Coal companies and other special interests are attempting to derail or delay this legislation — and keep us hooked on fossil fuels as our main source of energy. We are encouraged to see those who are interested in making the U.S. a clean energy leader prevail.
“We are pleased to see the Environment and Public Works Committee putting the needs of the entire nation first by acting swiftly to move legislation to combat global warming and usher in an era of clean renewable energy.”