June 26, 2009
Washington, D.C. –Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) issued the following statement after her vote to pass H.R. 2454 - American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
For far too long our nation has failed to adequately address its dependence on oil, and the environmental and economic damage which that dependence has wrought. This legislation is a first step on a new path, one where clean domestic energy lights our cities, powers our factories, and fuels our farms. This bill will also help put Americans back to work during these difficult economic times by creating tens of thousands of new green collar jobs. In California alone an estimated 174,000 new green collar jobs will be created.
No legislation is perfect, this one included, but it does take a balanced and sensible approach in dealing with our nation’s energy needs. Continued inaction only deepens our dependence on foreign energy and compounds the long term damage already done to our environment and economy. Simply put, this bill is a major step in addressing both the economic and environmental needs of our country.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is serving her eighth term in Congress representing most of the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. She is the Chair of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. She also serves as Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. She Chairs the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and serves on the House Homeland Security Committee. Congresswoman Lofgren is Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation consisting of 33 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California.