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January 27 2010 • State of the Union

And yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.

I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy; and I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. But even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future - because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation.

Dec. 19 2009 • Via Politico 44

After extremely complex and difficult negotiations, yesterday’s breakthrough will lay the foundation for international action in the years to come. In the U.S.,the Obama Administration plans to continue efforts to build a clean energy economy and urge Congress to deliver comprehensive energy legislation to the President’s desk.The President’s announcement was promptly met with strong support from a diverse group of leaders representing Congress, business and environmental organizations.

June 25 2009 • White House Rose Garden

And most importantly, it will make possible the creation of millions of new jobs. Now, make no mistake — this is a jobs bill. We're already seeing why this is true in the clean energy investments we're making through the Recovery Act. In California, 3,000 people will be employed to build a new solar plant that will create 1,000 jobs. In Michigan, investments in wind turbines and wind technology is expected to create over, 2,600 jobs. In Florida, three new solar projects are expected to employ 1,400 people. Because this legislation is so balanced and sensible, it's already attracted a remarkable coalition of consumer and environmental groups, labor and business leaders, Democrats and Republicans.

June 26 2009 Statement to Press

And that is why another coalition of 19 businesses, including the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Duke Energy, National Grid, H.P., Starbucks, and Nike, wrote to President Obama that this bill 'will drive investment into cost-saving, energy saving technologies...create the next wave of jobs in the new energy economy...[and] will provide the predictability we need to plan for future business success.' It's long been understood that acting on global warming is a moral necessity — but now, more and more of us are realizing that it makes powerful economic sense, as well.

June 19 2009 • Letter to the
Honorable Dave Camp

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyzed potential effects on households of the cap-and-trade program that would be implemented pursuant to H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, as reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 21. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, indicating both the net overall cost per household nationwide and the net costs or benefits that would be realized by households in various income quintiles. CBO has estimated those amounts for the bill as it would be implemented in 2020 (but shown in 2010 dollars).