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What People Are Saying About the Climate Bill

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I'm just a bill.jpgLast week the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, marking the halfway point in its journey towards being passed as law. The bill aims to create a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions, boost research and development into alternative fuels, and require utilities to support green energy sources. But opinions on the bill are mixed; some say it's a giant step forwards, while others argue that it doesn't go far enough. Here's what a variety of influential websites and groups have to say:

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Director of U.S. Climate Policy Lou Leonard:

"I applaud this important step, but more work is needed. Passing a strong domestic climate change bill is critical to the success of international negotiations on the new global climate agreement. Only with a global partnership can we solve this inherently global problem. Investments in international climate cooperation will also open up markets for American companies for clean technologies and help communities build resilience to climate change impacts."

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Not an ideal plan?

Interesting - it is so hard to follow some of these bills - and they change so much from beginning to end. My first reaction when I read about the proposal in the paper was that it seems like they might be trying to act quickly, and in doing so may end up missing the bigger picture and creating a not-ideal plan.

True, Not Ideal, but it is Something

I agree that this is not ideal, not by a long shot.  But, and I think you will agree with me, that this is a step in the right direction.  I think we should be striving for the best possible solution always, but know that realistically it is very hard to come by in a democracy with people of competing interests.  So, I think we should be pleased with this step, but must keep the pressure on congress to pass more legislation like this.

Sean Fitzpatrick is a burgeoning green entrepreneur and journalist with a juris doctor from Santa Clara University, School of Law. Currently, he is business development and community manger of

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