Today, the US House of Representatives passed comprehensive climate change legislation, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The vote was close: 219 for and 212 against. Eight Republicans voted yes and 44 Democrats voted no.
The Democratic House Leadership and the White House have spent the last several days lobbying wavering Representatives and making compromises. In joint campaigns with environmental groups and unions, Care2 members have sent hundreds of thousands of messages to their legislators calling for them to pass strong climate change legislation. This is a great victory.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, said it is “the most important energy and environmental legislation in the history of our country. It sets a new course for our country, one that steers us away from foreign oil and towards a path of clean American energy.”
The fight is not over. The Senate will now take up climate change legislation, and the battle there may be even tougher.
What difference do you think this legislation will make in your life? In your children’s lives?
- Statements from Al Gore and Maggie L. Fox of the Alliance for Climate Protection
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- Sierra Club Cheers House, Looks Ahead to Senate Action
- Statement by Kevin Knobloch, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Statement from Bill Meadows, President of The Wilderness Society
- Statement of EDF President Fred Krupp on House Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act