Stabenow Champions Legislation to Support Manufacturing and Agriculture in Clean Energy Debate
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced the introduction of her legislation, the Clean Energy Partnerships Act. This bill will create partnerships among manufacturing, utilities, agriculture, and forestry to reduce costs now as we transition to a clean energy economy tomorrow. The legislation "offsets" our use of fossil fuels by investing in practices like sustainable agriculture and forestry projects that capture and store carbon. Stabenow serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee as well as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Senate Finance Committee.
"We have the opportunity in this clean energy debate not only to protect the environment but to create jobs, and revitalize our economy. That is what my bill does. It creates a partnership between our manufacturing and agricultural industries. It will encourage and reward conservation efforts by farmers and landowners while at the same time helping manufacturers make investments in advanced technology and jobs here at home. By doing so, we can reduce costs now, creating a bridge to a clean energy economy tomorrow.
"Bottom line- my bill is an important step toward a clean energy policy that protects our environment while also respecting the men and women who build things and grow things in this country."
-- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow