Merkley: House Vote on Clean Energy Jobs Bill Paves the Way for Senate Action

Merkley: House Vote on Clean Energy Jobs Bill Paves the Way for Senate Action


Washington, DC
– Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed groundbreaking legislation to rebuild the economy around clean energy and to directly address the looming threat of global warming.  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on the vote:

“Our dependence on fossil fuels has drained wealth from our families, imperiled our security, threatened our environment and hampered our ability to deal with economic crises.  We must finally begin the process of moving to a clean energy economy which will make us self-sufficient, create jobs here at home and reduce our reliance on oil from the Mid-east. 

 

“The House of Representatives is sending a clear signal that our nation is serious about unleashing the power of American innovation with a clean energy revolution.  Oregon, with our ample supplies of wave, wind, solar and geothermal energy, and our business leaders paving the way in these and other clean energy technologies, will be a national leader in this effort. 

 

“Now it is time for the Senate to act.  As we begin developing the Senate version of this legislation in the Environment and Public Works committee, I’ll be looking to how we can most effectively create jobs and save families and businesses money as we reduce our global warming pollution and make our air and water cleaner.”