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Markey: Gore's Climate Challenge Deserves Strong Answer from Congress

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, today applauded Vice President Al Gore for his call to reform America's electricity sector and bring fairness and sanity back to America's energy system.

Chairman Markey is the author of the Investing in Climate Action and Protection Act, or iCAP, which has the highest targets—85 percent reductions in global warming emissions by 2050—of any Congressional proposal, including reductions from 100 percent of America's electricity sector. The bill also reflects Vice President Gore's call for fairness through a cap-and-invest system that helps low- and middle-income Americans and fossil fuel workers and industries equitably transition to a clean energy future.

Below is the statement of Chairman Markey:

"Vice President Gore's call today reflects not just the urgency of global warming, but the pent up renewable energy revolution that is waiting in the wings, ready to be unleashed. At a time when fossil fuels are dragging down our economy, we should be looking to free fuels like the wind and the sun to power our economy, and we should be moving swiftly to bring these promising energy sources to the entire world.

"Congress must take this clarion call from our nation's climate sage and act, swiftly and fairly. Climate legislation can grow our economy, assist low and middle income families and workers, and transition us to a stable, clean energy future, but we are running out of time.

"It has been more than two years since the release of ‘An Inconvenient Truth', and we have still not answered the call to save our planet and save our economy. We cannot go another two years, or even one year, without passing legislation to significantly cut global warming emissions and unleash a renewable energy future."

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