“There’s got to be something more important than getting reelected,” Perriello said, “If I lose my seat, and that’s the worst that happens, I could live with that.”
“For the first time in a generation, we have the chance to redefine our energy economy. …This is a great moment for us.” The vote on Waxman-Markey ” Bill can change the future of US energy for all of us. “I could live with that.”
“Climate vote threatens some Democrats’ careers.” Sadly, some in congress are so misled and desperate to stop any national move toward clean energy and climate action, they are targeting all vulnerable members who voted to give future generations a chance at sustainable prosperity.
- Some are targeting their own members in a purge
- Some are trying to run TV ads so outrageous against Democrats like Perriello that at least one media outlet refuses to run their falsehoods.
The future is clean energy, even in Southern Virginia. Embracing what may have been the toughest vote of his young political career, he released the following statement on the vote:
“Today we declare America’s energy independence and provide a blueprint for building the energy jobs and technology of the future right here at home. America can still out-innovate any other country on earth, and we cannot give in to those who doubt America’s ability to lead once more. Perhaps once in a generation we have the opportunity to revolutionize our economy in a way that creates for future generations the kind of jobs and opportunities that we inherited through the sacrifices of our parents. Today we reverse not only the hemorrhaging of energy sector jobs, but also the flood of our citizens’ dollars to those who would threaten our security.”
Freedom isn’t free. Since September 11th our leaders have asked everything of our military families and very little of the rest of us. This bill is estimated to cost families approximately $12 per month -– a cost that could be offset by any household that reduces its energy. Therefore, families can choose to sacrifice $12 per month for national security or adjust the thermostat one degree. Have no doubt that clean energy will be the industry of our time. Investing in that industry now is what will put our country back on top over the next decade. If I have to choose between protecting our nation or protecting my popularity, I will choose our great Nation every time.
Southside Virginia will be one of the winners under this bill, accelerating its ascendance to being the future energy capital of Virginia. In a carbon-constrained economy, we will see a resurgence of nuclear power. We can convert former tobacco farms into future biomass producers. And we can see farm and municipal waste turned into power. This bill, particularly the elements those of us from rural districts negotiated, will spur investments in biomass fuels that can flourish on former tobacco farms. We can convert manure on our cattle and poultry farms into power and finally get some profits back to our hard-working farmers. We will not turn this economy around by hiding from our problems, but by having the courage to reinvent our competitive advantage.
Today is a vote for America over petro-dictators. It is a vote for innovation over the erosion of our jobs. It is vote for demanding American leadership rather than settling for a slow slide behind India, China and other competitors.
A vote against this bill is a vote to weaken this country, put our people at risk, and sit on the sidelines while we hemorrhage jobs. A vote for this bill is a vote for America’s security, her innovative spirit, good jobs for our citizens, and the future of our counts.
Indeed, the legislation doesn’t even have a direct impact on the barometer most Americans use to gauge the cost of energy the price of gasoline.
Indeed, the reverse may be true as Nobelist Paul Krugman explained: Climate action “now might actually help the economy recover from its current slump” by giving “businesses a reason to invest in new equipment and facilities.”
And how can you not love this guy:
As a candidate, Perriello broke the mold in ways, by taking Democratic stands in a decidedly Republican district. He seems to have retained that confidence coming out of the election and wants to help Obama be bold — even in south central Virginia.
“People are sick of cowardice,” Perriello said. “It’s not the easy votes, it’s the hard votes.”
Tom Perriello making a change one person at a time for climate and clean energy action. Thank you. – Mother Nature
Excerpts courtesy of Climate Progress
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