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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

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Markey: President Showing “Grounded" Commitment to Clean Energy Development

Biofuels from the Ground, and Carbon Capture Underground, Will Grow American Energy Independence, Says Chairman

Today the Obama administration announced several new rules, reports and initiatives that signal the president’s continued commitment to developing home-grown American clean energy. President Obama announced new rules on meeting the renewable fuels requirement from the 2007 energy bill, a proposed rule on biomass assistance for farmers and energy producers, a strategic report on commercialization of biofuels, and the creation of a new interagency task force on carbon capture programs.

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and co-author of the 2007 energy bill and the House-passed Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, issued the following statement:

“Whether it’s biofuels that come out of the ground, or carbon emissions that we pipe underground, the president is showing that he is committed to the creation of a home-grown, American clean energy economy.

“We can create biofuels that come from plants or waste, but don’t take food off our plates. We should be running our cars and trucks on home-grown biofuels, not Middle East fossil fuels. The Obama administration is committed to making this a reality.

“Carbon capture and storage is another necessary technology America must develop if we are to deal with our dual challenges of energy and economic security. China and India are building coal plants at an increasing clip, and if America does not create the technology to capture and dispose of carbon emissions, they will.

“Now is the time for a ‘grounded’ energy and climate policy that takes the plants, the wind, the sun, and the other American resources that surround us everyday and turns it into home-grown clean energy jobs. Today the Obama administration is showing they believe in this ‘grounded’ energy policy.”

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

The Select Committee was active during the 110th and 111th Congresses. This is an archived version of the website, to ensure that the public has ongoing access to the Select Committee record. This website, including external links, will not be updated after Jan. 3rd, 2010.

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