Repower Alaska Hails Senate Progress To Put America Back In Control With Clean Energy
Sept. 30, 2009
Anchorage, Alaska – The Climate Protection Action Fund’s Repower Alaska today issued the following statement on the Senate introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act:
“Today’s action in the U.S. Senate is critical progress,” said Michael Points, Alaska State Director for the Alliance for Climate Protection. “New clean energy and climate policies will put America back in control of our economic and security future, make us more energy independent and create thousands of new jobs by harnessing clean energy sources here in Alaska and that work for Alaskans. Rather than sending billions of dollars overseas for foreign oil, with new clean energy policies we’ll spend that money here at home on clean energy sources, creating new jobs and building new industries right here in Alaska.”
A Zogby International poll released in August showed that a majority of American voters — 71 percent — strongly support House-passed clean energy and climate legislation, citing the job growth that would result from enacting new clean energy policies.
According to the Center for American Progress, transitioning to a clean energy economy will create more than 4,000 jobs in Alaska. And a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that comprehensive clean energy and climate policies can save Alaska households $960 a year by 2030.