H.R. 2454, “The American Clean Energy and Security Act” approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee
June 5, 2009
On May 21, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2454, “The American Clean Energy and Security Act,” by a vote of 33 to 25. The legislation is a comprehensive approach to America’s energy policy that charts a new course towards a clean energy economy. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, enhance America’s energy independence, and cut global warming pollution.
The bill includes:
- A clean energy title that promotes renewable sources of energy, carbon capture and sequestration technologies, clean electric vehicles, and the smart grid and electricity transmission.
- An energy efficiency title that increases energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, including buildings, appliances, transportation, and industry.
- A global warming title that places limits on emissions of heat-trapping pollutants. This legislation would cut global warming pollution by 17% compared to 2005 levels in 2020, by 42% in 2030, and by 83% in 2050. These are science-based targets and within the range agreed to by USCAP.
- A title that protects U.S. consumers and industry and promotes green jobs during the transition to a clean energy economy.