Pelosi Statement on Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation
Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, following the announcement of a series of agreements among Energy and Commerce Committee members on major provisions in the legislation:
"I commend all the Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who have been working in good faith to find the first meaningful common ground on this landmark legislative effort to create millions of clean energy American jobs.
"Chairman Waxman and Chairman Markey have led this effort and have shown, with the diversity on their committee, that this Congress can craft national legislation that creates millions of jobs, puts us on a path toward energy independence, reduces the pollution that creates catastrophic climate change, and recognizes the regional differences that give this country its character and will provide a strong and diverse foundation for economic recovery.
"The bill will use the same bipartisan, American solution we used to successfully fight acid rain and protect our air and water. It will provide a framework that will unlock the power of private sector investment, which has been waiting for government leadership to match government investment.
"This bill will create entire new industries in the United Stateswhile preserving the manufacturing base that has been the foundation of our economy, helping industries such as steel, glass, and cement remain competitive in the global marketplace, and pioneering cleaner coal technologies for use here and around the world.
"This bill will strengthen our national security and make America a strong world leader in the new technologies to fight climate change.
"Perhaps most importantly, this bill makes sure that hard-working Americans reap the rewards of a clean energy economy, instead of paying the price."