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American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - June 26, 2009)


Mrs. CAPPS. Madam Speaker, I rise with great pride today to express my support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Over the last two Congresses, thanks to tremendous leadership, we have built a record on energy and climate policy that indicates that the time for action is now. America is ready. The world is watching. We must transition to a clean-energy economy so that we can create jobs, achieve energy independence, and protect our planet.

We have before us a powerful, thorough, and effective bill. It includes a nationwide renewable electricity standard. It contains critical investments in energy efficiency. It requires immediate significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are harming the health of our people and our planet.

The bill also makes substantial investments in domestic, international, natural resource, and public health adaptations that are crucial to the continuing prosperity of our Nation and our world.

Madam Speaker, to protect our health, to protect our economy, our national security, and our planet, we must enact comprehensive climate legislation and we must enact it now. We cannot sit idly by. I hope others will join me in seizing this opportunity to transition our economy to a new, clean-energy economy.

I urge a ``yes'' vote on this bill.


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