Federal RES Critical for Creating Clean Energy Jobs

The BlueGreen Alliance commended a bipartisan effort to enact a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES).

September 22, 2010

Labor-Environmental Partnership Urges Quick Passage of Federal Renewable Electricity Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 21, 2010) After a bipartisan group of senators today introduced legislation that would enact a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director David Foster:

“We commend this bipartisan effort in the U.S. Senate to enact a federal RES. Americans continue to face high unemployment and the U.S. continues to fall further and further behind other countries like China in the economic race to develop clean energy. The least the Senate can do is pass this important legislation and establish a clear signal to the world that the U.S. is open for business- the clean energy business.

“Passing a federal RES will establish an important market signal and drive demand for clean energy technologies that can and should be produced in the United States. But this first step needs to be followed by far more-and far stronger-measures if we are going to make good on the promise of a clean energy economy that puts America back to work building the windmills, solar panels, and other renewable energy technologies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our environment for future generations.”