Senate Democrats

Democratic Senators, Labor And Business Leaders Discuss Efforts To Create Green Jobs And Protect Middle-Class From Rising Energy Costs

Washington, DC—Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer, Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Bob Casey held a press conference with labor and business leaders today to discuss the Climate Security Act of 2008.  With record high energy prices and stagnant wages squeezing the middle-class, Democrats’ comprehensive plan to stimulate the economy will create good-paying green jobs here at home and reduce our dependence on oil while capping carbon pollution that causes global warming.

“The Climate Security Act has earned the support of American business and labor organizations because it gives us the tools to create an American economic renaissance with clean energy and green jobs,” Boxer said.  “We can successfully address global warming, while maintaining a strong economy, and our nation and the world will be better for it.”

Said Schumer: “Continuing to rely on foreign oil to power our economy is the same business-as-usual attitude that has driven the price of gas over $4 a gallon.  This bill will level the playing field for alternatives to expensive energy.”

“Just a few years ago, there were many who closed their eyes to the reality of global warming,” Feinstein said.  “They tried to muddy the waters.  They tried to silence the voices of those who were calling for action.  Fortunately, times have changed.  A scientific consensus has been forged.  And the time for denying is over. Now is the time for solutions.  We have to confront global warming.  It is urgent that we make major changes.”

Said Casey: “The science is clear: urgent action is needed to address global warming.  By taking on this challenge we can also spark new innovation and create new industry and new jobs here in the United States to benefit American workers and the U.S. economy.  Pennsylvania and other states have already seen benefits from the growing renewable energy industry.”

“The Climate Security Act of 2008 will create good jobs here at home, make long overdue investments in our nation’s energy infrastructure, and boost a lagging economy,” said Abe Breehey of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.  “Boilermakers and other craftsmen in the union Building and Construction Trades are ready to put their skills to work building the climate solutions that will be necessary to meet the challenge of climate change.”

Said Steve Kline, Vice President of Federal & Environmental Affairs for Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation: “We believe that the bill provides the necessary policy direction, technology support and consumer protection to effectively begin the transition to a low carbon economy, and we look forward to its consideration and passage by the Senate.  We believe that the technology exists today, including energy efficiency and renewable and other non-emitting technologies, to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to provide reliable and affordable power to our customers.” 

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Support for the Climate Security Act of 2008

Labor: 

  • Building and Construction Trades Department AFL-CIO
    • International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
    • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
    • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
    • International Union of Elevator Constructors
    • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
    • Laborers’ International Union of North America
    • Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada
    • Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association
    • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada
    • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Business 

  • Alcoa
  • Avista Corporation,
  • Calpine Corporation
  • Constellation Energy
  • E2
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Exelon Corporation
  • FPL Group
  • General Electric
  • National Grid
  • NRG Energy Inc.
  • PG&E Corporation
  • Public Service Enterprise Group
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