A comprehensive new energy strategy is critically needed in the United States. That is why in late June, 2009, I was proud to vote in favor of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate.
This legislation will strengthen our economy in both the short term and long term. This legislation will make America more secure, and ensure a cleaner, smarter, more cost-effective energy future that creates hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs and reduces global warming.
Currently, the United States spends $700 billion a year for foreign energy -- a lot of it to nations that do not always share our democratic ideals. This legislation, when combined with vehicle efficiency and biofuel standards enacted in 2007, will curb our use of foreign oil by more than 5 million barrels a day by 2030 -- as much as we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela.
By implementing the American Clean Energy and Security Act, our country positions America as a world leader on this significant global issue. The option of the status quo is itself not acceptable.