From Green Right Now Reports

The Governors Wind Energy Coalition is appealing to U.S. Senate leaders to pass a strong Renewable Electricity Standard or RES to “ensure the rapid growth of the nation’s wind and other renewable electricity sources.

The coalition, representing 26 Democratic and Republican governors, sees a strong RES as a key way to create jobs and build energy security while also reducing the carbon emissions causing climate change.

In a letter released Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kty.), and Energy and Natural Resources committee leaders Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska),  the governors call on their fellow elected officials to act now to build the new clean economy, arguing that it is the fastest and most efficient way to bolster the economy, advance clean energy and create manufacturing and construction jobs.

The governors warned that China, India, Europe and other countries are “far ahead” of the U.S. in developing clean energy becuase “we lack a strategic longterm policy.”

Coalition leaders, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) and Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri (R-Rhode Island), signed the letter.