Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman and John Kerry have released the latest version of their energy bill. Called the American Power Act, the proposal, like the Waxman-Markey Bill (H.R. 2454) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2009, seeks to cap the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of electric utilities, manufacturers, and producers and importers of refined transportation fuels at 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050. It would preempt state and regional cap-and-trade programs, but would not affect other state emissions standards (e.g., mobile source standards for automobiles). It would also place certain limits on EPA?s ability to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, while allowing the agency to proceed with New Source Performance Standards for power plants.
A New Senate Approach to Achieving Energy Solutions
This bill takes a more comprehensive approach to the fundamental problems created by climate change and dwindling oil reserves than previous legislative measures. By the time it reaches the floor, the bill will reflect the concerns and advice of six Senate committees and dozens of our colleagues. The result will be a thoughtful, innovative and far-reaching solution to one of our most vital challenges.
Our efforts center around four urgent national priorities: putting America back in control of our energy future, reasserting American economic leadership and competitiveness, protecting our families from pollution, and ensuring our national security.
Dealing with needed reform of so many parts of our energy economy requires the work of many Senate Committees. The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act was voted out of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and other Committees are working on the areas of this reform under their jurisdiction.
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