SECOND REGULAR SESSION

House Concurrent Resolution No. 64

95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES LOW (Sponsor), OXFORD, PACE, CARTER, LAMPE, STILL, CORCORAN, COLONA, SPRENG, ATKINS AND KIRKTON (Co-sponsors).

 

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      Whereas, there is strong consensus from the world's climate scientists that greenhouse gases are causing the earth's temperature to rise, resulting in global climate change; and


            Whereas, the effects of climate change pose a real and present threat to our nation's environment, economy, health, agriculture, and national security; and


            Whereas, the effects of climate change include the increase of political and social instability in poorer regions of the world, presenting potential security threats for the United States; and


            Whereas, the United States' dependence on fossil fuels negatively impacts the natural environment and weakens the nation's economy and security; and


            Whereas, the United States currently spends approximately one billion dollars a day to import oil, and by 2030, the United States Department of Energy estimates that, without comprehensive clean energy legislation, the country's reliance on foreign oil could cost $8.5 trillion; and


            Whereas, there is worldwide competition for clean energy development with many other countries already leading the way. A comprehensive federal clean energy jobs and climate legislation can stimulate the United States' efforts to develop innovative clean energy technology and jobs to compete in the global marketplace; and


            Whereas, clean energy jobs are growing at a rate 250% faster than the rest of the economy; and


            Whereas, the use of renewable energy promotes energy independence, creates domestic jobs that cannot be outsourced, and preserves natural resources; and


            Whereas, thousands of businesses have joined together calling for comprehensive federal clean energy legislation, including among others members of the United States Climate Action Partnership and the Clean Economy Network; and


            Whereas, the United States Congress has concurrently before it for consideration the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454, adopted by the United States House of Representatives on June 26, 2009, and the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, S. 1733, that promote clean energy development and use, reduce pollution, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and limit dependence on foreign oil and create economic growth; and


            Whereas, United States Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina co-authored an editorial outlining a bi-partisan approach to mitigating climate change; and


            Whereas, many states, including Missouri, have taken steps to increase their percentage electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and wave energy, which has led to significant job growth in the clean energy sector of the national economy; and


            Whereas, Missouri ranks 45th among all states in its energy efficient performance in the United States; and


            Whereas, many states have demonstrated leadership in moving to a green economy, resulting in a patchwork of emissions standards, energy efficiency requirements, and regulations. A national framework for clean energy will create a consistent regulatory scheme that will move the entire nation developing a clean energy sector:


            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fifth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby urge the United States Congress to pass legislation to address the consequences of climate change, protects national energy and economic security, promotes job development, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and


            Be it further resolved that the national legislation include the following provisions:


            (1) The protection of low- and moderate-income Americans from increased energy costs;


            (2) Support for alternative sources of energy, including wind, solar, and wave energy;


            (3) Preparation for the effects of climate change on the nation's infrastructure, natural environment, and economy; and


            Be it further resolved that the national legislation does not preempt more restrictive state legislative efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions, encourage energy efficiency, and encourage renewable energy; and


            Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for President Barack Obama, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.