Statement on the release of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Erich Pica, Director of Domestic Programs, 240-432-3470
Statement of Brent Blackwelder, President of Friends of the Earth, on the release of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Friends of the Earth President Brent Blackwelder had the following statement in response to the release of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009:
“Chairman Waxman and the Energy and Commerce Committee should be commended for their effort to find a path forward on global warming. Unfortunately, the result of their effort has been corrupted by members of Congress backed by oil and coal interests. As currently written, the legislation fails to take the dramatic national and international actions necessary to avoid the worse impacts of climate change and spur the development of a truly clean energy economy. As a result, Friends of the Earth cannot support this bill.”
Friends of the Earth will be providing further analysis and commentary of the bill in the coming week.
Friends of the Earth (www.foe.org) is the U.S. voice of the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has been at the forefront of high-profile efforts to create a more healthy, just world.