John Kerry: Energy Bill Fails Americans

Administration’s energy policy works for Saudi Arabia and big oil, but not for American people. It’s time to tap America’s strength to control our own destiny.

Late last night John Kerry gave a speech on the Energy Bill, on the Senate floor. The speech was a follow up to a press conference yesterday on the Energy Bill with Senators Kerry, Wyden and Schumer. Here are some quips from the speech:

“Our nation’s energy crisis has reached historic levels. We need policy whose boldness is commensurate with that crisis. But that’s not what we’re getting. Instead, we’re getting a pork-laden lobbyist driven dream bill. It’s inexcusable.

“When you look at the outrageous gas prices leaving our families struggling to balance their checkbooks. When you look at our businesses struggling to turn a profit. When you see our children breathing air dangerously polluted by fossil fuels. When you read about rival nations streaking ahead of us in alternative energy technologies and creating high paying jobs that could have been ours. When you recognize our dependence on foreign oil has us entangled with nations who would do us harm. When you take all this into account, it’s clear this energy bill fails miserably.

“The Senate bill wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly better than this. The conference committee bill takes a huge step backward.

“The requirement that U.S. utilities generate 10% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020 is gone. The language recognizing the need to address global climate change is gone. And I don’t know how they intend to explain this one to the American people, but the requirement to reduce oil consumption by one million barrels a day is gone too.

The entire speech can be read here: John Kerry Says Energy Bill Fails Americans

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