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House Passes Landmark Energy Bill
Senate Approval Must Follow
December 6, 2007
(Washington, DC) The House of Representatives approved comprehensive energy legislation today that would significantly reduce U.S. oil consumption, expand the use of renewable energy, and improve U.S. energy efficiency. Approved by a vote of 235 to 181, the Energy Independence and Security Act sets the nation on the path to a clean energy future and marks a significant first step to curb the nation’s emissions of global warming gases.
“This bill is good for the environment and good for public health,” said Dr. Michael McCally, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “By raising fuel economy standards, improving energy efficiency and increasing the production of clean, renewable energy, this bill reduces our reliance on dirty fossil fuels that pollute the air and threaten the climate.”
The measure approved by the House would raise fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The bill also includes provisions that require utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from a combination of improved efficiency and clean, renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal power. In addition, it would raise efficiency standards for a variety of household appliances.
“PSR is pleased that the bill did not include incentives for the nuclear industry. Despite 50 years of government support, nuclear power remains highly expensive and continues to pose significant environmental, safety and security concerns. Additional financial support for this already highly subsidized energy source is completely unwarranted,” McCally added.
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Climate Change: Impacts on Public Health
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