FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2008
New Senate Energy Bill Offers Real Relief, Not Recycled Rhetoric
Washington, D.C.—Senate Democrats today unveiled a new energy bill, the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008. It will address the root causes of high gas prices, hold Big Oil accountable and put consumers first in our addressing our current energy and economic crises. A detailed summary of the bill is available here.
Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director
“The Sierra Club is thrilled with this bill. The Consumer-First Energy Act offers Americans real relief instead of the recycled rhetoric and disastrous energy policies that the president and his allies in Congress have pushed for the past seven years. The bill will actually protect consumers, put America on the path toward a clean energy future, and finally put the brakes on the taxpayer-funded giveaways that have been helping fuel Big Oil’s record profits.
“It’s time for wind farms, not windfalls. Right now, Big Oil has consumers over a barrel but isn’t even paying its fair share. This bill will take back the giveaways to polluters and instead put that money where it will do some good by investing it in clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the other smart energy solutions that will help us break our addiction to fossil fuels, bring energy costs back under control, and put our economy back on the path to prosperity.
“This bill offers Senators the chance to stop writing a blank check to Big Oil and begin to help their constituents who are clamoring for real relief from pain at the pump.”
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