Last night, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act (commonly known as ACES.) Opinion by environmentalists is mixed (Devilstower and Darcy Burner have good takes on this) but on the plus side, it puts in place the first regulatory framework to curb greenhouse emissions in our nation’s history, and it puts a good deal of funding to make sure that low- and middle-income families are included in a green jobs revolution.

All of Missouri’s Democratic congressmen (Carnahan, Clay, Cleaver, and Skelton) voted “Yes” on ACES. Cleaver in particular came in for some praise from Green for All:

Through grassroots mobilization, partnering with a range of with diverse organizations, and the strong support of a few Congressional champions, we were able to secure these two crucial equity provisions in the bill:

1. $860 million allocated to the Green Jobs Act!

2. Local access to quality jobs, through a green construction careers-demonstration program.

Green For All is proud to have fought with our champions on the Hill, especially Representatives Rush, Cleaver and Luján, for these critical provisions.

We also thank the numerous civil rights, labor, environmental, social justice, faith, and community organizations who joined us in calling for a better, more equitable ACES.

Passing the House was a HUGE and victory for us, but our work is not yet done.

Two locally active organizations, the League of Conservation Voters and Repower Missouri, both were encouraged by the vote and hoped that it would strengthened in the Senate.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic comprehensive energy and climate bill, with a bi-partisan vote of 219-212.  This bill is a huge step towards creating a new clean energy economy with millions of jobs that will move America to energy independence and reduce the carbon pollution that causes global warming.

We are proud that Missouri’s own Representatives Russ Carnahan, Emanuel Cleaver, Ike Skelton and Lacy Clay voted to create jobs, move to clean energy, and reduce global warming pollution. Passing this bill in the House wasn’t easy; it took hard work and some tough compromises to get it done. Thanks to their votes, America is firmly on track to be a leader in the 21st century global economy.

Passing this legislation will help shift our country to a clean energy economy and create new jobs in manufacturing, labor and green technology. It will increase energy efficiency, help consumers save on energy bills, and protect lower-income families. And it will finally put our country on a course to limit the carbon pollution that causes global warming.

Now, the bill will move to the Senate, where it needs to be strengthened and delivered to the President’s desk.  With the help of our senators, we can deliver President Obama strong clean energy and climate legislation that will create clean energy jobs, reduce our dependence on dirty fuels and lead the world’s effort to slow down global warming.

Repower Missouri:

Maggie Fox, President and CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection, today issued the following statement on the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act out of the House of Representatives:

“Today’s historic vote in the House of Representatives is a momentous victory for our nation and our planet as we seek to build a clean energy economy in the 21st century and enact bold solutions to the climate crisis. The Senate must move ahead quickly to join the House in passing climate and energy legislation that the President can sign into law – only then can we move forward with millions of clean energy jobs, end our reliance on foreign oil and speed America’s transition to clean, affordable energy.

“We want to thank those members of the House of Representatives who stepped up to make history and move our nation and the world forward. They truly do represent the best of what this nation can do when confronted with great challenges and the opportunity to lead.”

REPOWER MISSOURI

Household Savings for Missouri

Comprehensive climate and energy policy will save Missouri households $980 a year on average by 2030. (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2009)

Clean Energy Jobs for Missouri

Investing $1.3 billion in Missouri’s clean energy economy could create nearly 19,000 new jobs in the state.

(Center for American Progress, 2009)

Americans Are Ready for Clean Energy

— 78% of Americans want the U.S. to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide that cause global warming.

— 65% of Americans believe efforts to reduce global warming will either help create new jobs or have no effect on jobs. (Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009)