Washington, DC –
U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of both the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today at the start of hearings on the
S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009.
“At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, we face an economic crisis, an energy security crisis, and a global climate crisis. The good news is that the solutions to these problems are intertwined with one another. And those solutions will come from new American ideas, new American industries, and a careful approach to maintaining the health of our planet.
“American ingenuity will solve the problems of energy security and create American jobs, if given the right incentives. The Clean Energy Jobs and American Security Act does just that — unleashing what America does best. It is the economic ingenuity of the American people that will make our nation energy secure, unleash us from the economic uncertainty of foreign energy markets, and mitigate the environmental problems we face.
“We’ve got to act. We can’t just talk about this. Across Europe, Asia and Africa, climate change is forcing people to migrate from their homes because of drought and flooding. It’s happening right here in America too. Travel to Maryland’s Smith Island and you will see potential climate ‘migrants’. The island is disappearing because of sea level increases due to global climate change. Our watermen also tell me that the rising temperatures in the Chesapeake Bay are making it more and more difficult for juvenile crabs to survive. The impact of climate change is real and it is happening all around us today. There is a real urgency that we act now.”
Senator Cardin’s full opening statement from today’s hearing is