Kerry-Lieberman Bill Continues Dangerous Direction for U.S.

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Kerry-Lieberman Bill Continues Dangerous Direction for U.S.

15 Groups Call on Congress to Choose Clean Energy, not Gulf-Style Disasters and Big Polluters

WASHINGTON - The Climate Reality
Check
coalition (CRC)-consisting of faith, social justice,
environmental, and other public interest organizations-announced today
that the American Power Act introduced by Sens. John Kerry (MA) and Joe
Lieberman (CT) is the wrong direction for U.S. climate and energy
policy. The
bill prioritizes reliance on offshore drilling and other dirty and
dangerous
technologies over effective pollution controls, clean energy, consumer
protections, and creating real and just international climate solutions.

The coalition issued the
following statement:

"The policies in the
Kerry-Lieberman bill were wrong
for the U.S.
before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the Senate must recognize
that they
are wrong now. The well-being of our nation and the world are being
sacrificed
for the interests of big polluters, which continue to rake in record
profits at
the expense of the environment and the public. Our recent mining and
drilling
tragedies make clear that it's time to choose clean and safe renewable
energy for our future. We need legislation that prioritizes clean
industries
and energy efficiency, and which protects the Clean Air Act, not the
dirty
industries causing these crises. We need legislation that is
sufficiently
ambitious in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and in meeting our
responsibilities
to developing nations which are bearing the disproportionate brunt of
the
effects of climate change."

The Climate Reality Check
coalition is calling on senators
to reject the American Power Act unless aggressive improvements are
made.
Members of the coalition agree that federal climate and energy
legislation
must:

  • RAPIDLY
    REDUCE
    POLLUTION
    Set an economy-wide cap
    on greenhouse emissions
    that is consistent with the best available science and that can be
    ratcheted
    down as necessary.
  • PRESERVE
    EXISTING
    TOOLS
    Preserve the Clean Air
    Act's requirement that
    harmful global warming pollution be reduced, and preserve states'
    authority to implement innovative solutions on their own.
  • REJECT
    LOOPHOLES
    Reject
    offsets and other loopholes that prevent pollution reductions from
    taking place
    in the U.S.
  • PROTECT
    FAMILIES
    AND COMMUNITIES
    Protect low- and middle-
    income families and vulnerable communities through stable, predictable,
    and
    transparent carbon pricing, and through low-income consumer protections
    and
    dividends.
  • INVEST
    IN CLEAN
    ENERGY
    Invest in the
    development and deployment of abundant
    clean energy and energy efficiency.
  • REJECT
    POLLUTER
    GIVEAWAYS
    Big polluters should pay
    when they pollute, not be
    handed giveaways.
  • LIVE
    UP TO OUR
    INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS
    The United States must
    be a leader in
    supporting and funding effective and just international climate
    solutions.
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Climate Reality Check (www.climaterealitycheck.org) is a coalition of faith, social justice, environmental, and other public interest organizations calling for U.S. climate and energy policies that protect environmental, community, and economic health in the U.S. and around the world, and that hold big polluters accountable.

Climate Reality Check includes:

350.org   Contact: May Boeve: 707-815-0054

Center for Biological Diversity   Contact: Bill Snape: 202-536-9351

Climate Collaboration Network of Corporate Ethics International   Contact: Anne Pernick: 503-459-6673

CREDO Action   Contact: Adam Quinn: 415-369-2065

Friends Committee on National Legislation   Contact: Devin Helfrich: 202.903.2520

Friends of the Earth   Contact: Nick Berning: 202-222-0748

Global Exchange   Contact: Reede Stockton: 415-613-4277

Greenpeace   Contact: Kyle Ash: 202-441-1314

International Forum on Globalization   Contact: Victor Menotti: 415-351-8065

International Rivers

NC WARN (North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network)   Contact: Pete MacDowell: 919-259-3140

Public Citizen   Contact: Allison Fisher: 704-604-3750

Rainforest Action Network   Contact: Nell Greenberg: 510-847-9777 / Brianna Cayo Cotter: 415-305-1943

Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, Institute for Policy Studies   Contact: Daphne Wysham: 202-510-3541

United Methodist Women

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