House Unveils Clean Energy Plan

Democrats' plan aims for a painless shift toward a clean energy economy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 2:23 AM CDT
A wind turbine blade is displayed during the opening of a factory in Windsor, Colo. Republican critics of the bill cited a study saying that jobs in renewable energy pay less than those in oil.   (AP Photo/File,Jack Dempsey)
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(Newser) – House Democrats released a draft bill yesterday that aims to fast-track a shift to clean energy, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The plan calls for vastly improved energy efficiency, accelerated development of clean energy sources, and a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The draft was hailed by supporters as a strong "starting point," while Republicans and power companies charged that it would kill jobs and drive up energy prices. A floor vote is expected in May.