A new coalition of renewable energy, energy efficiency and biofuels organizations has called on the U.S. Senate to quickly pass comprehensive energy legislation that will create millions of U.S. jobs and decrease the nation's reliance on foreign supplies of fossil fuels by using clean resources.
The letter was sent to all members of the Senate today as a follow-up to President Obama's call to action on energy during a recent speech about the BP oil spill.
‘A series of inconsistent and unstable policies have cost America its leadership in renewable energy and energy efficiency manufacturing and production. Attracting manufacturing will take a concerted effort, as evidenced by the actions being taken by our competitors, but America's workforce, skills and market are well suited for global leadership if stable policies are put in place,’ the letter states. ‘Important programs affecting renewable energy industries, energy efficiency initiatives and biofuels programs are all due to expire this year. Many of the jobs these industries support could be lost permanently to other countries. Many renewable manufacturers have almost ceased receiving orders because of the uncertainty of a long-term policy.’
The coalition letter urges the Senate to move quickly with legislation promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and biofuels. The coalition-backed policies will add millions of new, American jobs, protect our environment, and make the U.S. more energy independent and secure.
The members of the coalition include the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Wind Energy Association, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Biomass Power Association, Growth Energy, the Energy Recovery Council, the Geothermal Energy Association, the National Hydropower Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
SOURCE: American Wind Energy Association