Is the Clean Energy Bill Good or Bad? Decide for Yourself

Posted by Trish Riley, June 28, 2009

The U.S. House has (barely) passed the American Clean Energy bill. There is a great deal of controversy over this bill. Environmentalists welcome this step toward requiring polluters to pay the price for the destruction they’re wreaking on our planet, our future, and our health. Yet even supporters of this bill lament the compromises forced by lobbyists for the most lucrative industries on earth – the petroleum fuel and energy businesses which are our greatest polluters. Opponents if the bill claim that enacting it will cost citizens more money and fail to address our environmental concerns.

I’m glad I’m not a politician, a lawyer, or a lobbyist, but as i read this bill, i see the first steps this nation has ever taken toward addressing the climate catastrophe that is inevitable if we do nothing. I am grateful that we have the political leadership necessary to begin this discussion on a global level, and I hope that once enacted, this bill will lead to further measures to help turn our energy needs away from a destructive future and toward a future that we can be pleased to turn over to our children.

This bill isn’t perfect, but at least it is a beginning. We need to start, now.

Read the details for yourself so that you can be fully informed before making any judgment about it. Thanks to Osha Davidson @ The Phoenix Sun for making the full text of the bill available to us:

HR 2454| Updated full text version of Waxman-Markey Climate Bill | The Phoenix Sun.