Washington, DC (June 6, 2007)- Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced the “Energy Independence, Clean Air and Climate Security Act” to provide an integrated approach to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, clean the air, and address climate change. Senator Collins said, “This legislation takes an integrated approach that is much needed and long overdue if we are to address the inseparable issues that are crucial to our nation’s economy, security, and to the health of our people and planet.”
Senator Collins explained that the legislation incorporates key provisions of other legislation before the Senate, such as other CAFE standards bills, the Clean Power Act, and the Advanced Clean Fuels Act, all of which Senator Collins has cosponsored.
For conservation, the bill would increase the average vehicle’s fuel economy from 27 miles per gallon to 35 by 2019. It would require that utilities generate 20 percent of their power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. To reduce pollution, Collins called for stiffer reductions in nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions. The bill would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Portland Press Herald
Sen. Susan Collins