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E-M:/ Senate rejects do-nothing "dirty energy" amendment

Enviro-Mich message from "Megan Owens" <meo@umich.edu>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE			CONTACT:  Megan Owens, 734-662-6597
Thursday, March 21, 2002			    Katherine Morrison, 202-546-9707

Senators Stabenow and Levin Vote to Support Clean Energy

Statement of Katherine Morrison, Staff Attorney

We are pleased that the Senate voted to reject the Kyl "Dirty Energy"
Amendment in favor of creating jobs and protecting the environment by
increasing the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy.  We
applaud Senators Levin and Stabenow for their votes against this amendment.

A strong renewable energy standard is achievable, reasonable and will help
the economy, consumers and the environment.  In fact, studies done by the
Energy Information Agency  (EIA) demonstrate that a national standard of 20%
by 2020 is reasonable and achievable.  Michigan alone has the capacity to
produce 87% of its electricity needs from clean, renewable energy sources.
The Edison Electric Institute wants to keep us in the dark ages with
outmoded energy thinking.  A 21st century energy policy should include a
strong renewable energy standard that provides us with hot showers and cold
drinks while saving consumers money and protecting the environment.

According to the latest EIA analysis, a 10% renewable energy standard
similar to the Daschle-Bingaman standard, without a sunset provision, could
save consumers at least $13.2 billion on their energy bills.  The Kyl
amendment would have stripped even this modest provision and replaced it
with a voluntary state program that would allow consumers to be charged more
for "green energy."

American deserves a safe, clean, affordable energy future. Given all the
benefits of pursuing a clean energy path, there is no reason to darken our
skies with pollution by continuing to rely solely on dirty fuel sources.  We
applaud Senators Levin and Stabenow for voting to reject the Kyl amendment
and urge them to continue fighting for a clean energy future by opposing any
further efforts to weaken the renewable standard.


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               Megan Owens
Field Director               734-662-6597
PIRGIM                    MOwens@pirg.org

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