Rep Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) today voted to pass historic climate change and energy legislation that will reduce carbon emissions, help reverse global warming, create millions of clean energy jobs, help American become energy independent, mitigate flooding and beach erosion in New Jersey, preserve our natural resources, and protect national security for future.
"The time is now for the United States to lead the world in combating climate change and ensuring a clean environment and revitalized economy for future generations. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will spur the development of renewable, low-carbon energy and technologies, while creating million of good, high paying jobs for Americans," stated Pascrell.
Pascrell added, "I support the passage of this legislation through the House, but I believe there are areas of the bill that can be improved. I will be working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure that polluters, not middle-class families, bear the costs of shifting our economy off dirty energy and into the next generation."
"We must ensure there is vigorous oversight over distribution companies to ensure that they are using the carbon allowances allocated to them to keep their customers utility bills low. This is especially important for middle class families that are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of energy, as the bulk of the relief provided to them will be through their utility companies directly on their electric bills."
As a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, Pascrell worked on provisions of the bill to ensure that trade protections for manufacturing industries in the United States are included in the final bill. "I am happy that the final bill includes tough language that will protect our domestic industries from unfair competition in countries that do not enact similar carbon caps. I am hopeful that other countries will follow the lead of the United States and that we will see a robust international climate change agreement come from the United Nations conference in Copenhagen this fall."
Congressman Pascrell also fought to include energy generated from municipal solid waste as a qualified renewable energy source in this legislation. "Waste to energy is an important source of clean, renewable energy for New Jersey and I am happy this bill treats it as a part of the solution instead of the problem. I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen this provision."
"I am proud to support his historic piece of legislation, and I look forward to working on improving it with my colleagues in the Senate," Pascrell concluded.