DO these Flippin people REALLY think we are this STUPID !!!
She's From CALI
October 26, 2009
Dear Mrs. Ware,
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act. On June 26th, I voted for and the House passed this legislation by a vote of 219 to 212.
I feel that the nation is ready for Congress to act and we will fulfill our duty and responsibility to our country by addressing our reliance on fossil fuels and how it jeopardizes our national security and our planet. The bill will move the U.S. into a global leadership position and create a new sector to our national economy . a clean energy sector creating new jobs and new growth for American workers. It will spur new sources of energy - solar, wind, and geothermal - and it will spur new energy savings through new energy efficiency standards. I believe it's the most important legislation in a generation.
The legislation is comprehensive and will protect consumers, promote research and development, and deploy clean energy technologies in the U.S. It focuses on creating green jobs and addresses the transitions that workers will have to make so that our economy will be globally competitive, and it moves us closer to a sustainable and secure energy future.
The American Clean Energy and Security Act will save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, and cut global warming pollution 80% by 2050. To meet these goals, the following are key provisions of the bill:
o Require electric utilities to meet 20% of their electricity demand through renewable energy resources and energy efficiency by 2020
o Invest in new clean energy technologies and energy efficiency, including energy efficiency and renewable energy ($90 billion in new investments by 2025), carbon capture and sequestration ($60 billion), electric and other advanced technology vehicles ($20 billion), and basic scientific research and development ($20 billion).
o Mandate new energy-saving standards for buildings, appliances, and industry.
o Protect consumers from energy price increases. According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, the reductions in carbon pollution required by the legislation will cost American families less than a postage stamp per day
The legislation has received wide support from electric utilities; energy companies; manufacturing, industry, and corporate companies; labor unions; and community and environmental organizations. Click here to see a comprehensive list of companies, organizations and unions that support the legislation.
I'm extremely proud that the American Clean Energy and Security Act includes several provisions I wrote which will help achieve these goals:
o My bill, H.R. 1742, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Act is included in the American Clean Energy and Security Act. This language authorizes the Secretary of Energy to provide financial assistance for regional deployment and integration of grid-connected vehicles. Funds may be used for offsetting the incremental cost of purchasing new plug-in electric drive vehicles, deployment of electric charging stations or battery exchange locations, or facilitating the integration of smart grid equipment with plug-in electric drive vehicles. Makes data and results from the regional deployments publicly available.
o A provision I wrote to double the eligible size of distributed generation renewable energy projects, which includes solar energy projects, was also adopted into the legislation. This will incent larger scale solar projects which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help bring down the price of these valuable solar technologies over the long term. The greatest challenge the U.S. solar market faces is scaling up production and distribution of solar energy technology to drive the price down to be on par with traditional fossil fuel sources. My provision in the bill will help expand and drive the solar market.
o The ACES Act includes my amendment to create a National Clean Technology Business Competition to help accelerate the growth of clean technology companies which will create green jobs in America by providing early stage start-up companies with targeted training, mentoring, and incentives and by making the investment community an active partner in the competition.
o The American Clean Energy and Security Act also includes my amendment to drive the adoption of energy efficient information and communications technologies in the federal government. The U.S. government is world's largest user and customer of information technology (IT) and energy. Chief Information Officers, who are responsible for the federal government's IT systems, should be accountable for the energy costs of these systems and rewarded for savings brought about through increased efficiencies. A coordinated effort to reduce energy use and speed the adoption of new technologies in the federal government will save taxpayer dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We come to this task in the midst of the worst economic crisis in generations. We now have the opportunity to set a new direction for the American economy - to create new jobs, clean jobs, sustainable jobs - to enlist the great American work ethic in the uniquely American task of reinventing ourselves again. Through the American Clean Energy and Security Act, there will be an investment of $190 billion in new clean energy technologies and energy efficiencies, creating jobs, and spurring on new industries. In the Silicon Valley, dozens of innovative companies at the cutting edge of clean energy technology are poised to create a thriving green industry providing healthy, sustainable economic growth in our region. These companies are looking to the future and see the opportunities that will be created by passing this bill.
The bill is supported by a broad coalition of environmental, faith-based, industry, and labor groups, including: PG&E, Consumers Union, Sierra Club, Blue Green Alliance, Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, National Venture Capital Association, Service Employees International Union, Dow Chemical, National Council of Churches, League of Conservation Voters, and United Auto Workers.
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Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress