This past Thursday, a new bill ( H.R. 969) was introduced in the House that which would create a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring utilities to generate or buy 20 percent clean, renewable energy by 2020.
Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists of a 20 percent RPS shows that the standard will:
- create 355,000 new jobs, nearly twice as many jobs as generating the same amount of electricity from fossil fuels;
- save consumers a total of $49 billion dollars on their utility bills for both natural gas and electricity; and
- reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause of global warming, by over 400 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 69 million cars off the road
Please urge your representative to co-sponsor this vital bill today.
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