A recognized leader on protecting the environment, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today voted in favor of broad legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a green economy. Noting significant improvements made to the bill during Committee proceedings, Bono Mack emphasized the importance of setting national standards that will reduce dependence on foreign oil and take significant steps toward protecting the environment. The climate change legislation passed in the Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Bono Mack sits, by a vote of 33-25.
"This climate change legislation is one of the most sweeping, complex bills that Congress has considered in recent years, and while far from perfect, it sets us on an important path toward building a greener, more sustainable economy.
"While I still have significant concerns about this bill, particularly with regard to its cost and its failure to recognize innovative technologies like advanced nuclear energy, I believe this is the right direction for our District, for our nation and for our future. Already, in our region, we are seeing exciting new developments in wind, solar and geothermal energy, and this bill will help us grasp this potential.
"As we look at the global environmental situation, in addition to the need to reduce our heavy reliance on foreign oil, it is clear that we must provide certainty to those who want to invest in research and development of new green technologies. We cannot afford to wait to make needed changes to our energy policy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and expand our nation's clean energy portfolio."