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Senate Passes Recovery Package, Makes Down Payment on Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON - In response to Senate passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," Wesley Warren, Director of Programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:

"Passing this bill shows that the Senate recognizes we can't wait any longer to start our economic recovery and invest in a clean energy future. The recovery package includes significant investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, which will save consumers money and create millions of jobs that can't be shipped overseas.

"The Senate funding for speculative, long term projects for liquid coal and nuclear energy will not help with immediate economic needs and may never pan out at all. Congress should instead prioritize spending on ready-to-go projects, like transit, fixing our nation's crumbling highways and bridges, and repairing our nation's water and waste infrastructure.

"President Obama has made clear his intent to create a clean energy economy, and Congress has an opportunity to deliver on this promise and get America working again by making smart investments." 

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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