07/28/2010 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senators Debbie Stabenow and Bob Menendez joined Larry Laseter of the Home Star Coalition and Marilyn Heiman of Pew Environment Group at a press conference earlier today to discuss the clean energy jobs and oil spill accountability plan that Senator Reid introduced yesterday. The bill will create clean energy jobs, hold BP accountable and invest in cleaner vehicles that do not rely on oil.
“There are many ways to end our addiction to oil and this bill is one of them,” said Senator Reid. “This bill creates jobs that can never be outsourced by strengthening companies that make energy efficiency products. It also saves consumers money – about $1 billion a year over the next 10 years – by cutting energy costs and giving them incentives to make their homes more energy efficient. And it changes the law to make it crystal clear that polluters – not the taxpayers – are going to be held responsible for cleaning up the Gulf.”
"It’s been over 30 years since we have amended our offshore drilling laws. Advancements with drilling technology have outpaced advancements in safety, as well as the prevention of and response to spills. We need to plug the leaks in the law now,” said Marilyn Heiman of Pew Environment Group. “The Pew Environment Group commends the Senate's bipartisan approach for taking prompt action to make these needed reforms so that future offshore development off America’s coasts is science based and ensures use of the best available technology and environmental review. There is too much at stake to do business without these protections in place."
Read the full article, Reid, Stabenow, Menendez Join Renewable Energy Advocates To Discuss Democrats' Plan To Create Jobs And Reduce Our Dependence On Oil, on the Senate Democrats' Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.