Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, one of the senior members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, hailed the passage of the new Energy Bill as the correct strategy to wean our nation off its dependency on foreign, unstable petroleum producing nations and increase our use of clean energy sources. The final vote tally was 314 to 100.
Ros-Lehtinen, who represents the fragile marine ecosystems of the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park, voted for the last energy legislation, bucking her Party but knowing that the positive environmental impact made by this Bill are too important to discard.
The bills CAFÉ increase, coupled with the alternative fuels standard, will slash carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent over the next 23 years and reduce daily oil consumption by 5 million barrels per day, according to the bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I have voted twice for this Energy bill because I think it is the correct course for our country at this time. We can choose to continue playing politics with our environmental priorities but make no mistake about it, when all is said and done it will be our children and grandchildren who will carry the burden of our failures. This may not be the legislation that will solve all of our energy woes but it is a good start and I am proud to have supported it once again."