The Carbon Limits and Energy for America’s Renewal (CLEAR) Act in the House Natural Resources Committee, while fending off several harmful amendments to this important bill. It will promote clean energy choices, protect our communities and save the lives of sea turtles, dolphins and thousands of other species threatened by polluter-friendly energy policies.
This week, the House Natural Resources Committee passed the CLEAR Act, landmark legislation aimed at promoting a cleaner energy future for our wildlife… and for our communities. With oil still fouling the gulf and climate change threatening mass extinctions, the full House of Representatives must take the next step and pass this important bill into law and promote smart, wildlife-friendly energy policies.
The outstanding conservation advances in this bill include:
- Reforms for both onshore and offshore oil and gas development by addressing failures in the leasing program by ending clear conflicts of interest, enhancing the role of science and independent review, and calling for the establishment of mandatory safety and environmental management standards.
- Provisions to strengthen wildlife sustainability requirements for over 400 million acres of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Lands.
- Full funding for the chronically under-resourced federal land acquisition program — Land and Water Conservation Fund.
“I am encouraged by Sen. Cantwell’s bipartisan effort to advance a more sensible approach to greenhouse gas emission reductions. A great deal of work remains to find consensus on legislation, and ensure that both the economy and the environment are protected, but this bill is intellectually honest and moves the debate in the right direction. We need to keep all of our climate policy options on the table, and the CLEAR Act should certainly be one of the approaches we spend time considering in the coming months.” declares U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
We do not need another Gulf of Mexico disaster.
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