White House officials called for a new energy policy that would encourage renewable energy and fight global warming while, they say, making U.S. firms more competitive worldwide.
"If we create the right incentives on energy, it will drive demand for clean energy and efficiency that will foster the creation of new businesses and the jobs that come with them," said (Commerce Secretary, Gary) Locke, former governor of Washington state.
(Energy Secretary, Stephen) Chu announced that the Department of Energy will soon issue billions of dollars in loan guarantees for renewable energy. But, he added, further action is needed.
"Comprehensive energy legislation will unleash the American innovation machine to create new industries and clean sources of energy to power our economy," Chu said. "It is the single most important step we can take to secure our economic prosperity and leave a healthier planet for future generations."
It's really nice to have the reality-based community in charge. But we still have a lot of work to do to give Congress the support it needs to pass the comprehensive energy legislation that Chu underscores as crucial.
You can reach your Congressional Representatives at 202-224-3121. Folks in swing states, especially, please call your Senators and urge them to support and strengthen the Senate's "Kerry/Boxer Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act."
These policies are investments in our energy future, economic stability, and natural heritage that will pay off bigtime for generations to come.