PLEASE NOTE: HE HAS BOUGHT INTO THIS LIE HOOK LINE AND SINKER AND IS GOING TO PUSH THIS NOT MATTER WHAT WE SAY!
July 31, 2009
Thank you for contacting me about the American Clean Energy and Security Act. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
I certainly understand your concerns about this legislation. There were many considerations to take into account when choosing how to vote on such monumental legislation. However, I firmly believe we must address challenges that we face, and we simply cannot shy away from them and put them off for another ten years. The United States cannot wait for someone else to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions which are causing lethal overheating of the earth and acidification of our oceans. As the world’s only superpower and one of the largest energy consumers, I believe we can and must take the lead if we wish to evoke change across the globe, and if we want to see results which are imperative not only to that of our environment’s, but to our own health and longevity.
In addition, I supported this bill because it will empower American ingenuity to create millions of jobs and drive our economy for generations to come. In particular, this legislation will both save and create thousands of jobs in the timber and paper industries. As you may know, I fought to include an important provision in this legislation which will allow federal, state and private forest products and byproducts of pulp and paper mills to be counted as renewable energy. In its initial draft, the bill severely limited private forest products and completely prohibited anything from federal land from counting towards biomass energy. I am proud I was able to change that. Allowing federal, state and private forest products to be used to meet the renewable energy standard will save Northwest jobs.
This will breathe new life into the timber industry that has been hurting for so many years. In addition, by allowing pulp and paper companies to use black liquor and other similar products to meet their renewable energy and fuels standard, we are preserving current operations, creating new opportunities, and consequently more jobs. Green energy jobs will help power our economy out of these difficult times. I have always been a leader in the search for new technologies, and the jobs they will create. Southwest Washington can, and will play a leading role in this process, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that the Pacific Northwest is a leader in this green revolution.
We have millions of acres of dead and diseased trees across America, many of them in Southwest Washington. Federal stimulus dollars are going to thin forests to protect against forest fires, yet under the original terms of this bill, those trees would be piled up and burned instead of being used for alternative energy. That’s not only bad environmental policy; it is bad economic policy as well. Had I not been able to change this, I could have never supported this bill.
Furthermore, this legislation requires electric utilities to meet 20 percent of their electricity demand through renewable energy sources by 2020, mandates new energy-saving standards for buildings and appliances, and makes significant carbon emission reductions over the next forty years. This bill also invests in clean energy technologies while protecting consumers from increases in energy prices.
By curbing our green house gas emissions and investing in our clean energy future, not only are we reducing our impact on the environment- preserving what we can for future generations- we are making our largest commitment ever to increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. By passing this landmark legislation, we have proven that we as a nation continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard, and can lead by example in showing to the world that this is an effort of grand proportions and one which should not, and can not to be taken lightly.
Again, I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this topic. Please be assured that I do take note of your concerns and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to contact me.