For Immediate Release
Michael Briggs or Will Wiquist (202) 224-5141
Senator Sanders Sets Out Energy Policy Principles Calls Current Proposals ‘By No Means Strong Enough’
WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.) today laid out core principles
that he said should be part of any comprehensive energy legislation,
and he bluntly
concluded in a letter to the Senate leader that it “makes no sense at
all” to promote coal and nuclear power over cleaner, safer energy
am concerned that the current legislative proposals we are examining
no means strong enough in terms of energy efficiency and sustainable
energy,” Sanders wrote in a letter to
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
legislation responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, Sanders
should move the United States away from fossil fuels and toward energy
independence. The chairman of the Senate green jobs subcommittee also
strong U.S. energy policy would cut greenhouse gas emissions while
millions of good-paying jobs.
singled out for criticism a weakness in the Kerry-Lieberman proposal
more than $100 billion for nuclear and coal, far more than their plan
invest in energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources. “If we are
serious about combating global warming, moving to energy independence
creating millions of jobs in the future, we must transform our energy
away from fossil fuels” Sanders said. “At the very least, any
serious energy bill must include funding for energy efficiency and
sustainable energy that is on a par with the amounts provided for
developed and sent to Reid a proposal that would ensure that the
has a significant sustainable energy investment of tens of billions of
dollars over a 10-year period. The three principles that Sanders told
must be a part of any legislation include:
- A strong energy efficiency and renewable
energy provision. Sanders would invest at least 10 percent of
resources from global warming legislation in efficient and
energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. An
investment of $8 billion to $13 billion a year, he said, would
many as 2 million new jobs.
- A ban on new offshore drilling. Congress
should reinstate a moratorium in effect for decades and ban
the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as Florida’s gulf coast.
In addition, Congress should demand dramatically improved
standards. While better gas mileage could save the equivalent of
gallon by 2030, wide-open drilling would produce only enough
petroleum to bring prices down by 3-cents a gallon.
- A strong renewable electricity standard.
Renewable energy standards, also known as renewable portfolio
require that a certain percentage of total energy needs be
from renewable sources. The United States should set a national
requiring 25 percent renewable power by 2025. “This provision
alone could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs while
meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals,” Sanders said.