Energy and Environment
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For too long, our nation has been dependent on foreign oil. This addiction costs us billions of dollars every year and puts our troops in harm’s way. Instead of sending money overseas to unfriendly regimes, I believe we can find new, clean solutions for the twenty-first century.
Moreover, protecting the environment is a duty we owe our children and grandchildren. I am proud to have one of the strongest environmental records in Congress. I have consistently received 100% ratings from groups such as the League of Conservation Voters and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. I also helped write the first “cap and trade” plan in 1990 to reduce acid rain. This plan has been so successful it served as the model for our current action on climate change.
Recently, I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This bill sets limits for the first time on the greenhouse gas emissions that pose such serious risks to future generations. Though not perfect, I believe this bill is an important first step away from foreign oil and towards the clean energy solutions that can create thousands of jobs in Tennessee. To learn more about the American Clean Energy and Security Act, click here: http://globalwarming.house.gov/files/WEB/ACESPacket/ACESCleanEnergyPlan.pdf