For Immediate Release
“Not a Lot of Energy in Energy Bill”
WASHINGTON - Today, The House Energy and Power subcommittee passed a bill that does nothing to tackle the climate crisis, protect public health, or grow the clean energy economy.
In response, Sierra Club Legislative Director Melinda Pierce released the following statement:
“At first glance, there is not a whole lot of energy in this energy bill -- it’s just a life raft to outdated and dirty fuels like oil, coal, and gas. While the legislation avoids some divisive, hot-button issues thanks to Congressman Pallone, the American people are demanding clean energy and climate action, and there are no steps taken to cut dangerous carbon pollution or meaningfully increase energy efficiency in this bill. As the bill progresses, the Energy and Commerce committee must get serious about growing the clean energy economy and tackling the climate crisis, rather than wasting time on outdated fossil fuels.”
The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.