Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2009
Contact: Tina Tran, (512) 463-0113

Senator Rodney Ellis Praises US House for Passing Historic Clean Energy and Climate Change Bill

(Houston, TX – June 26, 2009) — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Clean Energy and Security Act.

“I’m very pleased with this important step,” said Senator Ellis (D-Houston). “Climate change is the most important moral issue of our time and we cannot afford to wait to act. Texas, in particular, has huge opportunities to increase wind and solar power and achieve more energy efficiency. This will lead to more jobs, cleaner energy, greater independence from foreign oil, and less pollution.”

Ellis is Co-Chair of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change and is also a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy.

“Addressing climate change must be a priority for all Americans, but it’s especially important for African Americans, who have been, and will continue to be one of the most impacted groups,” said Ellis. “In a poll released yesterday, 75% of Americans said they favored action to combat climate change. Last year, a poll of African Americans showed that over 80% favored action and 64% favored action even if it cost them $10/month.

“Americans know we can meet this challenge and that we need to lead the world in this very difficult effort. The climate change bill passed today puts us on the path to a safer world powered by clean energy."