United States Congressman Mike Doyle spoke with members of labor and environment groups today on legislation being debated in Washington D.C..
The American Clean Energy and Security Act would create targets for reductions in global warming pollution and increase investment in alternative energy projects. By 2020 the bill aims to reduce U.S. global warming pollution by 17% below 2005 levels and 83% by 2050. Doyle said the bill would also create jobs throughout the nation in alternative energy development.
A recent study by the University of Massachusetts claims that a $100 billion investment in a clean energy economy could create up to 2 million new jobs in the U.S. within 2 years by investing in wind energy, solar energy, smart grid electrical transmission systems and advanced biofuels. Doyle said the legislation is important because America needs to lead the way in reducing carbon emissions and creating an alternative energy economy.
The American Clean Energy and Security Act is expected to be voted upon by the House of Representatives next week.