BCSE Urges Congress to Include 'Shovel Ready' Clean Energy Investments in Economic Recovery Legislation
January 23, 2009 - The 111th Congress has quickly moved to take action on legislation to stimulate the economy and direct investments toward clean energy and energy efficiency, with both the House and Senate working to enact economic recovery legislation before the President's Day Recess in mid-February.
In response to congressional action on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 , and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 , the Council has sent letters to both the House of Representatives and the Senate outlining its views on the legislation, along with a broad package of recommendations for the House bill as well as for the Senate bill.
The Council urges the Congress to take this opportunity to move the nation toward a clean energy economy. The right policies, coupled with the investments in research, development, and deployment of readily available clean energy technologies would help the United States emerge as a global leader in the new green economy and put millions of people to work. The Council encourages Congress to consider adopting our proposed strengthening amendments, and to take quick, decisive action to enact the economic recovery legislation.
Enactment of the economic recovery legislation is expected to be the first step necessary to accomplish the energy and environment agenda laid out by President Obama. The Administration's Energy and Environment agenda can be found here.