Statement: House Committee Passes Landmark Climate & Energy Bill

- This statement was issued following the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act) by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. -

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

May 21, 2009

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee achieved something extraordinary – passage of a bill that sets us on a path to tackle climate change, drive our economic recovery, and advance our energy independence. Congressmen Waxman, Markey, Dingell and Boucher, and their colleagues on the committee have drawn from more than two years of intensive work to produce this landmark legislation. The bill will provide the certainty businesses need to invest in a clean energy future and provide protection for consumers.

The science is clear. There is no longer any doubt that climate change is real, it is largely caused by humans, and tackling it is urgent. The ACES Act combines ambitious but achievable greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with a market-based program that will reward business leaders for deploying clean energy technologies as quickly and inexpensively as possible. There is a global race underway to develop these technologies – a race that will dominate the 21st century economy – and the ACES Act will help U.S. businesses lead that race.

The ACES Act uses a variety of measures to minimize costs to the U.S. economy by providing assistance to help consumers and businesses transition to a low carbon future. In addition, the ACES Act will allow the United States to help lead the efforts toward a global agreement in which the major economies of the world, both developed and developing, play their part to address the climate challenge.

Chairmen Waxman and Markey have seized their opportunity to begin building a stronger U.S. economy and a better, safer world. It will not be an easy task – but it is one we must begin now. I urge the Congress to build on this work to pass strong climate and energy legislation.


Read more about the ACES Act.

Pew Center Contact: Tom Steinfeldt, 703-516-4146