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Historic Vote in Congress – Clean Energy Bill


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June 29, 2009

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Last Friday the House of Representatives made history with its first vote on a comprehensive energy plan that puts a legal limit on our nation’s global warming pollution.

This bill creates an average of 53,700 new jobs per state across the Southeast, and Voteits investments in energy efficiency are expected to save households approximately $1,050 by 2020 and $4,400 by 2030.

The final vote was close: 219 to 212, so every vote counted!

Your phone calls, emails and letters to Congress helped build critical support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009! In fact, some Representatives based their decision to support solely on the comments they received from constituents like you.

Of the 219 members who voted to support this bill, 24 were from our Southeastern states. The Representatives who voted to pass this bill include:

FL: Reps. Allen Boyd, Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Alan Grayson, Ron Klein, Suzanne Kosmas, Kendrick Meek, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Robert Wexler.

GA: Reps. Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis, David Scott.

NC: Reps. GK Butterfield, Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller, David Price, Heath Shuler, Melvin Watt.

SC: Reps. Jim Clyburn, John Spratt.

TN: Reps. Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Bart Gordon. Please take a moment to call the Representatives from your state that supported this legislation. Thank them for their leadership in creating a 21st century energy policy that creates jobs and saves consumers money in your state, and let them know you’re counting on them to continue supporting and strengthening this proposal.
Click here to find contact information for the Representatives listed above.

If your Representative did not vote for the bill, consider calling them to urge them to support clean energy legislation like this in future votes.

Now it’s the Senate’s turn. SACE will continue working to strengthen this proposal as the Senate considers a similar plan to unleash a clean energy economy, establish energy independence and reduce our global warming pollution. Keep an eye peeled for future updates!

Thank you for taking action. There is still much work to do before the President can sign the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and you will continue to have an important role to play.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Rennicks, Federal Policy Director: or 828-254-6776 x 3

Colin Hagan, Federal Policy Associate: or 864-982-2536