U.S. government passes energy bill

by Antonio Pasolini on August 6, 2007

Nothing like some piece of good news on Monday morning. The International Herald Tribune wrote that “the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a wide-ranging energy bill that will require most utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power”.

The energy measure passed by a vote of 241-172 on Saturday, with 26 Republicans voting in favor and nine Democrats opposed. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made the bill one of her top legislative priorities for her first year as leader of the House Democrats, the publication also wrote.

Oil-loving President Bush promised he will try to veto the bill “because it does nothing to encourage increased domestic production of oil and gas”.

The consensus is that this is great news for America and the planet and I agree with that. Since America is the second biggest polluter in the world after China, changes in the country have a more significant impact than anywhere else.

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