Statement: Senators Kerry, Lieberman Introduce American Power Act

Today, new clean energy and climate change legislation was introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

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

May 12, 2010

I commend Senators Kerry and Lieberman for their thoughtful and inclusive work in crafting the American Power Act.  It is critical that the United States take action on the climate and energy challenge to improve our economy, enhance security, spur clean energy innovation, and protect our environment.

But the true test lies ahead. We know that any successful effort in the U.S. Senate will require bi-partisan support.  The Senators must move quickly to attract the necessary support to pass legislation. Should these efforts fall short, it will be imperative that the White House and Senate leadership of both parties work together to find a viable path forward for clean energy and climate legislation this year.

By acting now, the Senate will set the U.S. on course to capitalize on the vast opportunities in clean energy, providing Americans with a more prosperous, secure future. Enacting a strong federal clean energy and climate program will give business the certainty it needs to unleash significant investments that will create jobs and grow our economy.

We look forward to building on the work of Senators Kerry and Lieberman and striking the bi-partisan compromise required to take sensible clean energy and climate action this year.


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