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March 25, 2019
Contact: Laura Tierney
Clean Energy Coalition Applauds Continued Congressional Debate on Climate Solutions and Clean Energy
Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is encouraged by recent attention to climate solutions and clean energy deployment in Congress. In response, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson made the following comments:
“An open and robust exchange of practical ideas is essential for effective and ambitious action on climate change. BCSE appreciates Members of Congress who are leading this policy discussion, and who embrace the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy technologies and resources to address climate change.
“Recent proposals including the Green New Deal, Congressman Paul Tonko’s Framework for Climate Action, and Congressman Matt Gaetz’s Green Real Deal are a good start to a much-needed federal legislative discussion on how to address climate change and its associated environmental, economic, and social impacts. Recent hearings in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have already shown that this can be a productive, bipartisan conversation.”
As the Senate is poised to take up S.J. Res. 8, the Green New Deal, this week, the Council encourages Senators to center the debate on policy solutions that will accelerate the deployment of the full suite of clean energy technologies available to reduce emissions, keep energy prices low, and create jobs. These include market-based mechanisms that are focused on desired outcomes rather than specific technologies and that allow all technologies – including energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy – to compete. These policies should also incentivize public and private sector collaboration on research and development, innovation and investment.
The Council’s Climate Change Policy Principles document is available here.