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American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

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AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009

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Ms. BERKLEY. I thank the chairman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill. It addresses climate change, promotes the development of clean-energy sources, and brings us closer to our goal of securing America's energy independence. This bill also takes extra steps to protect consumers while creating new green jobs.

Nevada is in the forefront of renewable energy use. In 1997 Nevada enacted a renewable portfolio standard requiring that 20 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2015. Nevada's solar potential, coupled with our State's geothermal and wind resources, will bring jobs to Nevada and make us a leader in the use of production of clean energy.

In contrast, the alternative proposed by the House Republicans continues the same old failed policies, including the Yucca Mountain project. It doubles the amount of nuclear waste that can be shipped to Nevada and jams twice as much of this radioactive garbage down our throats. The Republican plan to more than double the size of the Yucca Mountain dump would only double the danger to families in Nevada and across our Nation at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars.

I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill.

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