Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 28, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

SENATOR ELLIS JOINS NATIONWIDE EFFORT CALLING FOR ENERGY ACTION NOW

Senator Rodney Ellis, along with other state legislators, urges Congress to act on pending clean energy jobs legislation

(Washington D.C.) — Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis is one of almost 1,200 state legislators across the nation calling on the U.S. Senate this week for action clean energy jobs legislation. Senator Ellis called on the U.S. Senate to support pending federal climate change legislation that will bring jobs and economic opportunity to Texas.

"Texas is moving forward to grow jobs and increase our energy security, but we also need the federal government to be our partner. It's time for Congress to act to grow jobs, strengthen national security, and make America a leader again in the global economy. Legislation at the federal level will strengthen nation-leading energy policy reforms made in Texas in recent years," said Senator Ellis.

A letter signed by more than 1,000 legislators from states in every corner of the country was sent to Congress and President Obama this week. Lawmakers from coal states, representing urban and rural economies, from the East Coast, the West Coast, and the plains states, raised one collective voice this week urging swift, decisive action from the United States Senate. Lawmakers say action is necessary for the future of America and the recovery of our economy.

The letter calls on the foresight and the innovative spirit of America's top policymakers, reading: "The United States has never backed down from a challenge on this scale, and we urge you to again place our country at the forefront of innovation and prosperity. We, the undersigned state legislators, call on you to enact comprehensive clean energy jobs and climate legislation that relies on continued close collaboration between state and federal governments. We pledge our support in pursuit of a more prosperous, more secure, and more energy independent America."

And at a time when most other industries are struggling with the difficult realities of this recession, state-led efforts to grow clean energy jobs have put Americans back to work. The Pew Center on the States found that clean energy job growth has outpaced the rest of the economy by almost 250%, with benefits in every state. In December 2009, the Environment America Research and Policy Center showed that by 2020 state policies already adopted will reduce global warming pollution approximately 7 percent below 2007 levels.

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