Washington, D.C. — Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) designating September 20th through September 24th as National Clean Energy Week.
“America’s clean energy sector creates good-paying jobs; strengthens local, regional, and national economies; and holds great promise in the fight against climate change,” said Senator Collins. “This bipartisan resolution recognizes the importance of clean energy sources and encourages investment in clean, low-emitting energy technologies to reduce harmful pollutants and leave the earth better than we found it.”
“Investing in clean energy and modernizing our nation’s grid will make America’s electricity supplies more secure, abundant, and affordable all while creating new jobs. The clean energy investments we make right now will have substantial impacts on our climate, economy, and global competitiveness for generations to come,” said Senator Cantwell.
“We cannot allow improving our environment and lowering energy costs to be a red vs blue issue—it’s a red, white, and blue issue that affects us all. This bipartisan resolution is another example of how Senators from both sides of the aisle can find common ground to help our country reduce emissions, develop clean energy jobs, and create a better tomorrow,” said Heather Reams, NCEW chair and executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES). “National Clean Energy Week’s organizers applaud Senators Susan Collins and Maria Cantwell for introducing this bipartisan resolution, which highlights the increasing number of homes and businesses across America that have made the switch to using clean, abundant, and reliable forms of energy. In its fifth year, NCEW provides a platform where partisan politics are set aside to find commonsense, bipartisan solutions to our nation’s most pressing climate issues.”
The resolution has broad support from the more than 160 participating organizations, including Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), the Biomass Power Association (BPA), the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), the U.S. Energy Storage Association, National Hydropower Association (NHA), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
In addition to Senators Collins and Cantwell, the resolution was also co-sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Angus King (I-ME), Mike Braun (R-IN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Click HERE to read the full resolution.