AMERICAN FEDERATION OF lABOR AND CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS
815 SIXTEENTH STREET, N.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20006
JOHN J. SWEENEY
RICHARD L. TRUMKA
ARLENE HOLT BAKER
June 25, 2009
The AFL-CIO supports climate change legislation that will create new economic
opportunities and preserve existing jobs while achieving the important objectives of reducing
greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign energy. The American Clean
Energy and Security Act of 2009, though not perfect, represents an important first step toward
achieving these goals, and we urge a yes vote.
The American Clean Energy and Security Act maintains a diverse energy portfolio that
includes renewable energy, fossil fuels, and nuclear and hydro power, while spurring economic
investment in new energy technologies that will create
jobs for American workers. At the same
time, the bill imposes an economy-wide carbon reduction program and seeks to minimize the burden
on anyone sector.
We believe the American Clean Energy and Security Act could be improved further. For
example, we will work to strengthen
its international competitiveness provisions. Moreover, we
believe the bill should not be sent to the White House for the President's signature until the Energy
Information Administration has conducted a full analysis of its impact.
Weare encouraged by the progress that has been made thus far on the bill and we look
forward to working with Congress
to improve this landmark legislation.
William Samuel, Director
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT