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President Barack Obama said in his weekly address that this new bill will help â€œcreate green jobs, ensure clean air for our children, move towards energy independence and combat climate change.â€
Steve Bouchard, Campaign Manager for Repower America, said in a statement after the vote that the House of Representatives had just passed a â€œlandmark bill that will propel our nation toward a clean energy future.â€ But Bouchard also warned that the fight wasnâ€™t over yet:
But not everyone is happy about the bill. Republicans have complained that the energy bill is just a new â€œenergy taxâ€ and falsely claims it will cost households in USA $3,100 every year. The Daily Green reports:
Thomas Friedman, author of the book â€œHot, Flat, and Crowded â€“ Why We Need a Green Revolution â€“ And How it Can Renew Americaâ€, writes on the New York Times that he thinks the energy bill is a â€œmessâ€ and that it â€œstinksâ€. Friedman blames the Republicans, President Barack Obama and â€œWe the Peopleâ€ for being responsible for such a weak bill. But he still calls for the Senate to pass the bill:
In advance of the vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House of Representatives, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett said that the bill â€œchooses politics over scienceâ€ and that it â€œelevates industry interests over national interest.â€ She even called for the Congress to reject the bill and instead begin â€œimmediate and urgent work on legislation that treats seriously the dire threat of climate changeâ€.
In a response to the thumbs up for the energy bill in the House of Representatives Muffett called the bill â€œa victoryâ€ for coal, oil and other dirty industry lobbyists. She also said that â€œit is a tremendous loss for the American people and for the world in our common fight to avert climate catastrophe.â€
The energy and climate bill has a long way to go before becoming law as it has to pass voting in the Senate were more right-wingers, lobbyists paid by the coal and oil industry and even some environmentalists will try to fight the bill.