The historic clean energy bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454, passed the House of Represenatives today, June 26, 2009 by a vote of 219 to 212. The bill will now move to the Senate.
Repower America reports “The House of Representatives has just passed a landmark bill that will propel our nation toward a clean energy future. ”
Statement from Al Gore, Chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection:
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Leadership of the House, and Chairmen Waxman and Markey have, through their leadership, secured an important bipartisan victory for the American people.
The American Clean Energy Security (ACES) Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress will ever pass. This comprehensive legislation will make meaningful reductions in global warming pollution, spur investment in clean energy technology, create jobs and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.
The next step is passage of this legislation by the Senate to help restore America’s leadership in the world and begin, at long last, to put in place a truly global solution to the climate crisis.
We are at an extraordinary moment, with an historic opportunity to confront one of the world’s most serious challenges. Our actions now will be remembered by this generation and all those to follow – in our own nation and others around the world.”