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  • lakers_w lakers_w May 13, 2010 1:58 AM Flag

    Obama backs Kerry/Lieberman energy bill

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/05/obama-backs-senate-energy-bill/1

    President Obama hopes for an energy and global warming bill this year and put his name behind a new Senate proposal today.


    "Americans know what's at stake by continuing our dependence on fossil fuels," Obama said in a statement. "But the challenges we face -- underscored by the immense tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico -- are reason to redouble our efforts to reform our nation's energy policies."

    The odds may not be so good for the plan put forward by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. They lost a key Republican sponsor for the bill designed to reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions while promoting the development of energy alternatives to oil.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would not back an energy bill if Senate Democrats pushed forward with an immigration plan instead.




    Here is Obama's statement on the Senate energy proposal:

    I applaud Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman for their tireless work in drafting this important legislation. This legislation will put America on the path to a clean energy economy that will create American jobs building the solar panels, wind blades and the car batteries of the future. It will strengthen our national security by beginning to break our dependence on foreign oil. And it will protect our environment for our children and grandchildren.

    Americans know what's at stake by continuing our dependence on fossil fuels. But the challenges we face -- underscored by the immense tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico -- are reason to redouble our efforts to reform our nation's energy policies. For too long, Washington has kicked this challenge to the next generation. This time, the status quo is no longer acceptable to Americans. Now is the time for America to take control of our energy future and jump-start American innovation in clean energy technology that will allow us to create jobs, compete and win in the global economy.

    The House of Representatives has already taken historic action with passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act. I look forward to engaging with senators from both sides of the aisle and ultimately passing a bill this year.

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