Today I got the most expected e-mail from the Environmental Defence Action Fund Activists from the United States. The mail was very much interesting and it describes their battle and their achievement for the Green Bill.
"Mark the date on your calendar: We made history on June 26.House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is a truly momentous achievement in our efforts to cap America's global warming pollution and begin transforming our energy economy.
The vote was a close one, a stark reminder of how difficult this fight is. Powerful special interests are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to defend the status quo and defeat our efforts.
But, last week's victory proved that we can overcome the odds, and we now carry momentum to the Senate where we'll need your continued support to pass the strongest possible bill.Our National Climate Campaign team wanted to share this moment of celebration with you".
The mail continued....
"Let's use this moment to celebrate and have some laughs. But, keep in mind we're not even half way home.We face Senate action over the next few months. Then the bill will go to conference committee before a final version is passed and signed into law.
We’ll need you every step of the way".....
Anyways, the mood is changing. This e-mail is the clear indication of that.
Environmental Action Fund Authorities cleared their first hurdle.
All the best for your fights for the sake of humanity!!
The House of Representatives cleared a big hurdle late Friday by passing a bill that set goals for reducing the United States' greenhouse gas emissions, a first in Congressional history.
The passage nevertheless drew praises from folks in the solar industry and some major environmental groups. Opposition came from organizations such as Greenpeace and the National Association of Homebuilders.
The centerpiece of the legislation, often called the Waxman-Markey bill because of its sponsors, is a program that would cap the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that many industries could emit in the next few decades and what how much they might have to pay to meet the emissions requirements.
The bill also sets mandates for the amount of renewable electricity that must be consumed over time. Roughly 30 states already have similar requirements, which have driven their utilities to sign long-term power purchase agreements for solar and wind electricity or build and operate solar and wind farms themselves.
"This bill will give more Americans the opportunity to install solar on their homes and businesses, spur deployment of utility-scale solar while creating tens of thousands of high-paying domestic jobs and stable careers," said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in a statement.
The legislation also would allow federal agencies to enter into 20-year contracts to buy renewable electricity (see SEIA's summary of the bill)
An industry group representing companies in the smart grid business also applauded the passage of the Waxman-Markey bill.
The alliance said the legislation contains provisions that would encourage the use of smart-grid technologies, such as hardware and software that measure energy consumption and make sure the electricity grid doesn't crash during peak hours.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency also would consider appliances with devices to gauge energy use in deciding whether to include them in the Energy Star program.
The Waxman-Markey bill would require new homes to be 30 percent more energy efficient than what's required by the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. New homes will have to be 50 percent more efficient by 2014.
With the bill, the federal lawmakers are setting greenhouse gas reduction goals . The bill would require the country to cut emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.
The government would give most of the permits for emitting greenhouse gases to key polluting industries initially and auction off the rest. Businesses that emit above limits would have to buy permits from those who pollute less.
This cap-and-trade program would begin in 2012, and each permit for emitting a ton of carbon dioxide would cost $13 initially. The prices should go up while the caps on emissions should go down over time.
The details of how this program would still have to be worked out by the EPA and other agencies, and only after the bill bellows law.