The number of votes needed in the Senate to pass clean energy and climate legislation without a filibuster by the opposition.
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is expected to eventually come up for a vote, though it’s originating in the House. The Waxman-Markey bill, as it is known in the House of Representatives, would require electricity companies to use 25 percent clean energy sources by 2025, tighten standards (working with states) for auto emissions, establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon pollution and direct the federal government to develop a smart electricity grid — and more.
This week, another senator pledged his support for the bill from an area of the country that could use the new green jobs it would foster. Senator Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), once opposed climate legislation, but now says this law is needed to “make our region and country stronger.”
Dan Lashof, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised the senator for speaking out in favor of climate/green jobs legislation: “Some people would say our current economic crisis compels us to delay action on comprehensive climate change legislation. I disagree. Inaction is not an option…Without action, we face dangerous consequences. We risk the health of our citizens, the viability of our coastal areas, the productivity of our nation’s farms, forests and fisheries…and the national security of our country.”