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Enviro-Mich message from Mary Sweeters <mary.sweeters@wdc.greenpeace.org>


Rep. Dingell Votes to Support Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

(ANN ARBOR Feb. 28, 2008) -- “Greenpeace applauds Rep. Dingell for voting in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act of 2008 (HR 5351). This bill continues significant benefits to clean, renewable energy, energy conservation, and it cuts tax breaks that benefit the oil companies at a time when they are making record profits and gas prices are spiking. This is a critical step forward to continue promoting clean, domestic sources of energy.”

“Extending incentives for renewable energy is sound policy. The bill would remove several big oil industry tax breaks that could raise an estimated $13.6 billion over a decade. And, according to a recent study by Navigant Consulting, allowing the renewable energy incentives to expire would lead to about 116,000 jobs being lost in the wind and solar industries from now until the end of 2009. America is on the cusp of a new, clean energy economy. These clean energy tax incentives would help our country make the transition to this economy - an economy powered by low-carbon technologies that help solve global warming, break our addiction to oil and create new high-wage jobs.

The next move for Rep. Dingell is to lead Congress in supporting proactive legislation like the strongest global warming bill in the House of Representatives, the Safe Climate Act. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Dingell owes it to his constituents and to the U.S. to lead the way toward science-based, comprehensive solutions to global warming.”

Contact: Mary Sweeters

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