President Barack Obama's energy czarina Carol Browner urged on Monday during an energy conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for Congress to pass an energy bill stating that the U.S. needs to become the world's leader in clean energy production and delay the rate of climate change.
Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, added to her remarks that legislation is required that will spur the development of renewable energy, while reducing the emissions that contribute to global warming, the Associated Press reported.
A new energy future and reduced global warming are two sides of a coin, Browner said at the forum today according to a report from the MIT.
The legislation co-authored by Congressman Edward Markey and Henry Waxman, proposes national standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, a cap on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping emissions.
Markey and Waxman who were also at the MIT forum, said they will hold a series of high-level hearings starting next Tuesday in Washington, aimed at refining the details of the American Clean Energy and Security Act that they introduced two weeks ago.
Our planet is sick, and there are no emergency rooms for sick planets, Congressman Markey said at the MIT event today. He aims for the legislation to reach Congress before the summer recess this year.
The legislation also includes provisions that promote energy efficiency in buildings, appliances, transportation and industry as well as providing funding for research in areas such as the capture of carbon dioxide and sequestration, low-carbon fuels, electric vehicles and electricity transmission, Markey said at the forum according to the MIT.
[This legislation] will create jobs by the millions, save money by the billions, and unleash energy investment by the trillions, Markey said Monday the University reported.
One of the energy standards in the bill requires the U.S. to get 25 percent of the nation's electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Currently, only about 3 percent of U.S. electricity is from renewable sources, Brown said.