Youth Leadership for Clean Energy and Healthy Climate
WASHINGTON – On Monday thousands of young energy and climate leaders will descend on Capitol Hill to send a message to Congress: we must pass the energy bill before Congress so we can begin the transition towards a cleaner, safer, more prosperous future without oil dependence or global warming.
The day of events starts with several of these leaders appearing before Chairman Edward J. Markey and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Chairman Markey and those testifying will then travel to the West Lawn of the Capitol to meet thousands of supporters who will call for more green jobs, more renewable energy, and higher fuel economy standards, among other clean energy measures.
Congress is currently considering energy legislation that would raise fuel economy standards for America’s vehicles to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, increase the use of renewable energy, and create millions of new “green collar” jobs. If the legislation is passed with all the best elements intact, it would save more than twice the amount of oil America currently imports from the Persian Gulf, and reduce the total amount of U.S. heat-trapping emissions by roughly 40 percent of what’s needed to save the planet from dangerous global warming, all by 2030.
WHAT: Select Committee Hearing, “Youth Leadership for Clean Energy and Healthy Climate”
WHEN: 9:30 AM
WHERE: 1100 Longworth House Office Building and on the web at globalwarming.house.gov
OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Markey
- Billy Parish, Energy Action Coalition
- Brittany R. Cochran, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
- Cheryl Lockwood, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
- Katelyn McCormick, Students Promoting Environmental Students
Full video archive of hearing.
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