Governors' Coalition Releases Renewable Energy Report to Prod Congress on Climate Bill
In anticipation of the upcoming Senate debates on the new energy-climate bill, 29 state governors released their report to Congress today entitled "Great Expectations: U.S. Wind Energy Development, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition’s 2010 Recommendations." The announcement was made by Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri, chair, and Iowa Governor Chet Culver, vice-chair of the bi-partisan organization. The report presents realistic recommendations to stimulate private and public sector renewable energy projects that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and encourage a new surge of "green collar jobs."
Governor Carcieri stated that “this is the first set of comprehensive wind energy recommendations ever submitted to Congress by a group of the nation’s governors. Congressional action on the energy bill seems to have stalled. It is our hope that these recommendations — and the national bipartisan consensus they represent — will advance the energy deliberations now under way in Congress.” Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, remarked that the Governors' report suggests "we need to move ahead with something positive, rather than waiting for a magic solution that may not come."