"The ongoing BP oil spill demonstrates the need to break our nation's addiction to hazardous fossil fuels responsible for climate change. If we continue to rely solely on these forms of energy, we push inevitable environmental catastrophes onto future generations."
In June 2009, Keith joined his Democratic House colleagues in passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act--historic legislation that puts America on the path to energy independence and protects our environment from harmful carbon emissions.
This legislation requires all electric utilities to meet 20 percent of their demand through renewable energy sources by 2020, invests $190 billion in new clean energy technologies, and will reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.
Keith is committed to building a clean energy economy by investing in green jobs. Doing so will create thousands of domestic jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and help stop the disastrous effects of climate change. In 2010 alone, Keith has helped secure $9 million for green job training in Minnesota through Recovery grants.
This year, Keith observed the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by introducing a bill to ban a pesticide known as atrazine, due to its documented toxicity. Dangerous toxins like atrazine pose a threat to our families' safety, and Keith will continue working to eliminate these dangerous chemicals from our water, land, and air.