America has reached a critical juncture on climate change. To avoid the most catastrophic consequences of global warming, the United States and other developed nations must reduce global warming pollution at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by the middle of this century -- and inspire developing countries to do their fair share as well.
In May, the House Energy and Commerce Committee took the first big step toward achieving this goal by approving the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The committee's vote helps build momentum for setting the nation's first limits on global warming pollution, sending Americans back to work building a clean energy economy and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
As currently written, the American Clean Energy and Security Act would reduce global warming pollution 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. It also sets a goal of producing 20 percent of America's energy from renewable energy, a portion of which could be met with energy efficiency measures. Finally, the bill would fund clean energy technologies and green jobs training programs to empower local communities to build these technologies. These measures would establish the United States as a worldwide leader in clean energy technologies and in efforts to prevent the worst effects of global warming from occurring.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act by the end of June; until then, the challenge is to ensure that the bill is not weakened or derailed completely.
What to do:
Send a message right away urging your representative to support, strengthen and vote Yes for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454).