Major Energy Bill Moving Toward A Vote In The House

06/25/09 Robert Lorei
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On May 21, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the latest version of the American Clean Energy & Security Act (H.R. 2454) (also known as ACES, or the Waxman-Markey Bill). Right now, the bill is moving through the U.S. House of Representatives.

On today's Radioactivity we heard from Phil Compton with the Florida regional office of the Sierra Club and Robert Armstead, the Climate Change Coordinator for the Florida Conservation Alliance Institute.

H.R. 2454 puts the U.S. on the path to cut the carbon emissions that cause global warming 80 percent by 2050, a signal accomplishment necessary to preserve the planet for future generations. It provides a sound framework for achieving its goals and includes several important provisions in addition to the strong long-term emissions reduction goal:

  • Strong codes to dramatically increase the energy performance of our buildings
  • Lighting and appliance efficiency program
  • Significant funds to jumpstart the development of electric vehicles
  • Funding for domestic adaptation to global warming
  • Significant funding to cut emissions by reducing deforestation internationally
  • Performance standards for emissions sources not covered by the cap
  • Criteria to ensure global warming pollution offsets are high-quality
  • Energy efficiency requirements for natural gas utilities
  • Limits on potent global warming pollutants other than carbon dioxide

The bill will likely be voted on in the next 24 hours.

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