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American Power Act to create millions of clean energy jobs, slash pollution and oil use.
Bill "eliminates the possibility of market manipulation" and "from day one, two-thirds of revenues not dedicated to reducing our deficit are rebated back to consumers."
Kerry and Lieberman have apparently been waiting for a sign from above to release their climate and clean energy jobs bill, the American Power Act. Instead, the unmistakable message that we need to get off of dirty, unsafe fossil fuels came from an undersea volcano of oil unleashed by the hubris, recklessness, and arrogance of Big Oil.
Before offering my thoughts on individual sections, here’s Dan Weiss, CAPAF’s Director of Climate Strategy:
“The Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act jump starts efforts to adopt comprehensive clean energy and climate polices that would cut oil use, increase security, reduce pollution and create jobs. The BP oil disaster is like a signal flare warning us that we must reduce our oil use via investments in more efficient, cleaner energy technologies. President Obama and Senate leaders must work together to craft a comprehensive program that achieves these goals.”
Many analysis have shown how clean energy legislation will create 1.7 million jobs and opportunities for low-income families, including lower energy bills.
Read the full story on Climate Progress. May 12th, 2009.