Update: U.S. Senate introduces clean energy and global warming legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act in June of this year. The legislation is not perfect, but it represents a huge shift in energy policy from the shortsighted efforts of the past decade. If passed in the senate, this legislation would signify the first true commitment on the part of the United States to take meaningful action on climate change issues. 

Climate change/clean energy is an issue that affects not only the health of our planet, but it is critical to our economy and national security. By providing incentives for the development of renewable energy and related technologies, this legislation can help the U.S. break its dangerous addiction to foreign sources of energy and will create millions of clean energy jobs. We have the innovative capacity, the manufacturing infrastructure, and the creative will to seize this opportunity to turn around our economy and enact real energy reform. 
 
The June victory in the U.S. House of Representatives was critical, but now the real challenge lies in the U.S. Senate. Special interests have dug in their heels, and are currently engaged in a well-financed misinformation campaign to falsely characterize this effort as a tax on citizens and businesses. In reality, this legislation will create accountability for large-scale polluters which have contributed to increased costs in public health for years. In addition, the legislation would create real incentives for job creation in the renewable energy sector. It is critical that our senators understand the economic opportunities that lie within this bill for the state of Michigan. 
 
For further information on clean energy and the massive potential for new job creation, please review the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth’s Green Jobs Report. > green-jobs-report.pdf