The voices of a new clean energy future

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared June “Energy Month” yet the fate of the best option Americans have for energy reform, a comprehensive climate and energy bill, hangs in the balance.

Top senate democrats will debate their willingness to take up a comprehensive climate and energy bill on June 10th and unless constituents start declaring their support for comprehensive legislation now, Senators will be tempted to take the easy way out and postpone the issue indefinitely.

This option is not acceptable.

We have never been closer to passage of comprehensive climate legislation and unfortunately, it may be years or even decades, before we get this close again. Our economy, our energy security and our climate are at stake and we can not afford to wait.

We applaud the concerned citizens, industry members and politicians who have been stepping up to voice their support in this crucial time.

Poll after poll shows that the public is in support of comprehensive action and in the wake of the BP oil tragedy, that support for environmental protection and energy reform has only grown stronger.

Thanks to all of you for making your voices heard. Let’s keep the pressure on. Key senators and the President have already begun to take note. With a united push in this final stretch, they will also take action.

Below are just a few of the voices of a new clean energy future. We will be updating this list as pieces come to our attention. Please let us know if you spot a great opinion piece so we can add it to the list.

May 27, 2010 – Huffington Post –  “Every Day We Delay

Pete Altman, climate campaign director, Natural Resources Defense Council

“As the Gulf Coast oil disaster shows, America has a failed national energy policy. We need a new clean energy policy to break our addiction to oil, enhance our national security, limit carbon pollution and lead us to clean American energy.”

May 28, 2010 – Northwest Herald – “Pass American Power Act

Bruce Ratain, field associate, Environment Illinois

“While some opponents of energy reform attack transitioning to clean energy over supposed economic impact, today we clearly see that the real economic disaster is our continued dependence on fossil fuels…. We call on Congress to prevent this type of catastrophe from happening again by finally passing the American Power Act – comprehensive legislation to transition our nation to clean, renewable energy – and by strengthening the act to reduce our dependence on oil.”

May 28, 2010 – The Salon – “Will the Gulf oil disaster mark the turning point for meaningful energy legislation

Andrew Leonard, technology reporter, Salon

“But here’s the amazing thing. With each day that BP fails to stop the leak, the job of passing energy legislation becomes a little less difficult, and little more simple common sense.”

May 28th, 2010 – CNN – “What if carbon dioxide were as black as oil?

Christopher Reddy, associate scientist and director, Coastal Ocean Institute

“But while we have readily and rightfully committed ourselves to understanding the cause of the spill, its effects and how to help restore the affected Gulf Coast region, we still can’t seem to come to grips with a much more dangerous, far-reaching pollutant that is changing the fundamental chemistry of our entire planet: carbon dioxide.”

May 28, 2010 – Huffington Post – “The Beginning and the End of Our Oil Addiction

Amy Davidsen, U.S. executive director, The Climate Group

“As we witness the destruction caused by the latest oil spill in the Gulf, the need to reduce our dependence on oil has never been more tangible. The good news is that we don’t need to look far for a solution…  On Thursday, both the House and the Senate introduced bi-partisan legislation to scale up the use of electric vehicles in the US.”

“The legislation introduced yesterday represents the start of this exciting process. If it’s adopted, it would mark a new era in US transportation – and a welcome beginning to the end of our oil addiction.”

June 2, 2010 – Huffington Post  – “Coming of the Green Industrial Revolution

Stephan B. Tanda, managing board member, DSM

“We are at the beginning stages of the development of a green industrial landscape that has the power to transform our modern economy into a more sustainable economy.”

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  1. Posted June 11, 2010 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    How I love the Silver State. Sharron Angle really woke up everyone and oh yeah will she be a treat to watch. This is going to be a great contest with Harry Reid. Tough choice between Harry’s tax and pork style and her need to eliminate the Department of Education. Tough thing being a reddish blue state. Feel so on the fence here in Goldfield, Nevada. Who is going have the best policy on Yucca Mountain?