Last year, I was pleased to join with my colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation. I am currently working to bring energy legislation to the floor that will include a strong plan for addressing climate change. There are many ways to cut our dependence on overseas oil, spur clean energy entrepreneurs, and make polluters pay. One of the ideas I strongly support is creating incentives for investments in energy-efficiency renovations in homes and buildings. I have introduced and cosponsored three bills often referred to as, "Building Star," "Home Star," and the Rural Energy Savings Program, that will help lower our carbon footprint by reducing pollution and lowering Americans' energy bills, while also putting construction and manufacturing workers back on the job.
I have also proposed a plan to transform our energy economy and end our dependence on overseas oil by the year 2030. To achieve these goals, my plan would deploy electric vehicles, make cars and trucks more fuel-efficient, expand access to public transportation and freight rail, and increase the use of sustainable biofuels. To read my proposed plan, please go to: http://go.usa.gov/Orf
I believe that the future of our economy depends on transforming how we use energy and I will keep fighting for change in this area.
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator