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NEWS RELEASE: Energy Groups Urge Support for McCain-Lieberman Climate Bill

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  • Ken Bossong by way of Tom Gray
    SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COALITION 1612 “K” Street, N.W.; Suite #202-A Washington, DC 20006 (202) 293-2898 ext. 201 News Release 27 Sustainable Energy Groups
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 15, 2004
      SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COALITION
      1612 “K” Street, N.W.; Suite #202-A
      Washington, DC 20006
      (202) 293-2898 ext. 201

      News Release

      27 Sustainable Energy Groups Urge Senate to Enact McCain-Lieberman Climate
      Stewardship Act

      For Release: June 15, 2004

      Contact: Mark Wenzler, Director - Global Warming & Energy Programs,
      National Environmental Trust
      202-887-8851 (office); 202-297-5037 (mobile)

      WASHINGTON DC -- In a letter delivered to all members of the U.S. Senate,
      27 member groups of the Sustainable Energy Coalition have urged their
      support for the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act (S.139).

      The signers wrote that the Climate Stewardship Act "would bring U.S. levels
      of global warming pollution to year 2000 levels by 2010 [and would] yield
      real benefits for domestic energy efficiency and renewable power initiatives."

      They added that "domestically produced renewable energy sources such as
      biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind are well situated to supply
      clean electricity that will help meet the Climate Stewardship Act’s
      greenhouse gas emissions cap. [Moreover], by encouraging more efficient
      use of energy and the growth of renewable power, the Climate Stewardship
      Act will help reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy."

      The full text of the letter and the list of signing organizations follows.

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      The Sustainable Energy Coalition is a coalition of more than 90 national
      and state business, consumer, environmental, and energy policy
      organizations which collectively represent several thousand companies and
      community organizations. Founded in 1992, the Sustainable Energy Coalition
      promotes the increased use of renewable energy and energy efficient
      technologies.

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      SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COALITION
      1612 “K” Street, N.W.; Suite #202-A
      Washington, DC 20006
      (202) 293-2898 ext. 201

      June 14, 2004

      Dear Senator:

      We the undersigned business, consumer, religious, environmental and energy
      policy organization members of the Sustainable Energy Coalition are writing
      to encourage you to support the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act
      (S.139).

      The Climate Stewardship Act would bring U.S. levels of global warming
      pollution to year 2000 levels by 2010. This is an achievable and realistic
      first step for the U.S. It would do so by capping only the most
      intensive-polluting sectors of the economy ­ the industrial, commercial,
      transportation, and utility sectors ­ which account for 80% of U.S.
      greenhouse gas emissions. The Act establishes a market-based emissions
      trading program, similar to the successful acid-rain trading program, to
      keep costs of reductions low and achievable, and allows the capped sectors
      to get up to 15% of their reductions from outside sectors, including
      international projects, or carbon sequestration projects from the
      agricultural sector, for instance.

      Even a modest cap on greenhouse gas emissions, such as contained in the
      Climate Stewardship Act, will yield real benefits for domestic energy
      efficiency and renewable power initiatives. For instance, companies like
      DuPont and BP have reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in energy savings
      from cutting their carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, domestically
      produced renewable energy sources such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower,
      solar and wind are well situated to supply clean electricity that will help
      meet the Climate Stewardship Act’s greenhouse gas emissions cap. Finally,
      by encouraging more efficient use of energy and the growth of renewable
      power, the Climate Stewardship Act will help reduce our dependence on
      foreign sources of energy.

      The Climate Stewardship Act benefits the environment, domestic clean energy
      industries and U.S. energy security. We urge your support for this
      important legislation.

      Sincerely,

      Alliance for Affordable Energy
      American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
      American Solar Energy Society
      American Wind Energy Association
      Biomass Coordinating Council
      Bob Lawrence and Associates
      Calpine Geothermal
      Cascade Associates
      Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
      City & County of San Francisco
      Colorado Energy Group
      Environmental and Energy Study Institute
      Geothermal Energy Association
      Geothermal Resources Council
      Global Green USA
      International District Energy Association
      National Environmental Trust
      National Hydropower Association
      Natural Resources Defense Council
      New Community Project
      New Uses Council
      Potomac Resources, Inc.
      Solar Energy Industries Association
      Solena Group, Inc.
      The Stella Group, Ltd.
      Union of Concerned Scientists
      U.S. Public Interest Research Group


      The Sustainable Energy Coalition is a coalition of 93 business,
      environmental, consumer, and energy policy organizations whose members
      collectively represent several thousand companies, community organizations,
      and municipal utilities. Founded in 1992, the Sustainable Energy Coalition
      works to promote increased use of renewable energy and energy efficient
      technologies.

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