Friday, June 26, 2009

Rep Ed Towns’ Statement on the Passage of The American Clean Energy and Security Act

U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10)issued the following statement today, following the passage of H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212.

“I joined my colleagues today in passing sweeping reforms of America’s energy policy. The American Clean Energy and Security Act addresses serious environmental issues while encouraging responsible stewardship and management of our environmental resources. This legislation creates innovative industries and millions of new ‘green’ jobs, which are vital to improving New York City’s struggling economy. Above all, this legislation ensures that future generations will benefit from a cleaner, greener, and healthier environment.

Through the pioneering measures included in this bill, we create opportunities for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency standards that lessen our dependence on foreign oil and reposition America as a global innovation leader.

In the quest to adopt an energy plan for the 21st century, we cannot leave our most vulnerable communities behind. Minorities and low-income communities have carried the lions’ share of the burden during this economic crisis, and many of them are now suffering a 20% unemployment rate. That’s why I strongly supported adding a provision to this bill that will guarantee access to the green jobs market for local, low-income workers. This broadminded measure also provides underrepresented construction workers with access to employment opportunities on some of the varied construction projects that are planned in their communities.

With this legislation, we move all of America in a new, green direction, and make worthwhile investments in America’s energy future.”