Joint Statement on Senate Inaction on Comprehensive Clean Energy Bill

Environment Colorado

There’s no doubt that big oil, big coal, their army of lobbyists and their partners in Congress are cheering the obstruction that blocked Senate action on clean energy and climate legislation. Their cheers are cheers for China taking the lead in clean energy jobs, the Middle East getting more of our money, and America getting more pollution and fewer jobs. 

At every opportunity, a minority of Senators who are in the pocket of America’s largest polluters in the coal and oil industries chose obstruction over working together to solve America’s energy and national security challenges. As a result of their actions, the big polluters will continue to reap record profits at the expense of Americans. 

As we look forward, one thing is clear: the Senate’s job is not done. They must use every opportunity available to address clean energy and climate reform by working to limit carbon pollution and invest in new clean energy sources that are made in America, including protecting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to crack down on polluters. 

Joint Statement Signers:
National & Regional
Campus Progress Action
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Center for International Environmental Law
Clean Water Action
Defenders of Wildlife
Earth Day Network
Energy Action Coalition
Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund
Interfaith Power and Light
League of Conservation Voters
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Operation Free
Rock the Vote
Sierra Club
The Alliance for Climate Protection
The Wilderness Society
Union of Concerned Scientists
US Climate Action Network
Voces Verdes
World Wildlife Fund
Cascade Climate Network (Pacific Northwest)
Climate Solutions (Pacific Northwest)
Conservation Law Foundation (New England)
Environmental Law & Policy Center (Midwest)
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (Southeast)

State & Local

Audubon Colorado
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Center for Native Ecosystems
Colorado Clean Water Action
Colorado Conservation Voters
Colorado Interfaith Power and Light
Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG)
Environment Colorado
Friends of Boulder Open Space
High Country Citizens’ Alliance
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Colorado Chapter
Roaring Fork Audubon
Solar Gardens Institute