Boehner, Pence and GOP Say “NO” to Millions of New Green Energy Jobs, Independence from Middle East Oil, and A Cleaner, Safer Environment for our Children
Washington, D.C.– The House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), historic legislation that will transform the way we use and produce energy in America.
“While consumer groups, environmental organizations, labor leaders, business executives and the American people are lining up in support of the bill,” said DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, “House Republicans, led by John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Pence (R-IN) have resorted to amateur and scurrilous scare tactics in an attempt to block the bill and the policies that are essential to our economic recovery and our national security.”
ACES is thought to be one of the most significant pieces of energy and environmental legislation ever voted on. The bill makes historic levels of investments in lower-carbon technologies and will create a framework of clean energy incentives to jumpstart the American clean energy economy and create millions of new green jobs, while increasing our energy independence and reducing climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Given the fact that John Boehner and Mike Pence have said ‘no’ to every single one of President Obama’s priorities, I guess it’s not all that surprising that they are denying science and attempting to delay the emergence of a strong American clean energy economy by defending the status quo and siding with their old friends in the oil and coal industries instead of the American people,” Woodhouse said. “Considering how important this bill is to our economy, our national security and the future of our planet, even I’m surprised that Boehner, Pence and the GOP continue to peddle the intransigent, dangerous and failed policies in an attempt to keep us stuck in the past.”
President Obama has cited passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation as one of his administration’s top priorities. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, three-quarters of Americans think the federal government should regulate the release climate-change causing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, cars and factories. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Agriculture Chair Collin Petersen (D-MN) reached an agreement earlier this week that will send the bill to the floor for a full House vote on Friday.