Monthly Archives: June 2009

Pallone on Fox News: American Clean Energy and Security Act, It’s A "Jobs" Bill

If you didn’t catch Congressman Frank Pallone on Fox News this morning, he was talking about the American Clean Energy and Security Act that passed in the House last week.

Pallone appeared with fellow House Committee on Energy and Commerce member Steve Scalise (R) of Louisiana to discuss the passage of the bill.

Congressman Pallone said that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created and that in the long run people will save money because we will not be buying oil from foreign countries and that this bill supports energy Independence.

Pallone also states on his Facebook page that the American Clean Energy and Security Act is the “Most important environmental bill during my time in Congress.”

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HOLT SUPPORTS AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT

Press Release-

(Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today supported H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which the House passed today. Below is his floor remarks.

I rise today in support of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

For years, the consensus in the scientific community has been that the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere is altering the Earth’s climate in ways that are expensive and deadly. This is one of the principle subjects I have spoken about and worked on for decades—before and since I first ran for office—and it is one of the reasons, I believe that my constituents sent me to Congress.

Today the House of Representatives at last is taking sweeping action to cap greenhouse gas emissions, promote the production of renewable energy, and make our homes, cars, and businesses more energy efficient. This legislation would require that we reduce our carbon emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. It would implement a Renewable Electricity Standard that would require electric utilities to provide 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. It would make historic investments new clean energy technologies and energy efficiency, including energy efficiency and renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, electric and other advanced technology vehicles, and research and development. These provisions would help to slow the rate of global warming and preserve our environment for future generations. Further, a recent report from the Center for American Progress estimates that these provisions would help to create 1.7 million new, high skilled clean energy jobs over the next decade.

Opponents of this bill have argued that it would cost American families over $500 a year in additional energy costs. While it is true that there would be increases in the cost of energy, this bill would return almost 50 percent of the proceeds from the cap-and-trade auction to consumers. In my home state of New Jersey, families who currently pay $100 on their monthly energy bill would see their bill increase by less than $3 a month. If you include the savings that would come through the energy efficiency provisions in this legislation American families could save $4,000 by 2030 on their energy bills.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in New Jersey climate change has caused temperatures to be 4 degrees warmer than they were in 1970. Over the past century precipitation has increased by 5 percent and severe weather incidents have increased by 12-20 percent, and sea level along our coast is increasing .14 inches a year. It is worth devoting some money and effort to slow the devastating climate change is having on our state.

I am pleased that several provisions that I wrote were included in this bill. I worked with Rep. George Miller and Rep. Jerry McNerney authorize the WaterSense program that would help consumers identify water efficient products. Water efficiency saves energy by reducing the amount of energy used to heat, transport, and clean water. The savings are substantial and real. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if only one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted their homes with water-efficient fixtures, we would save 100 GWh of electricity, enough energy to power more than 9,000 homes for an entire year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80,000 tons.

Rep. Jared Polis and I wrote a provision that would require the Departments of Energy, Labor and Education to compile an online database for a renewable energy curriculum that would be easily accessible to community colleges, vocational schools and universities looking to create training programs but lacking local or technical expertise. The transformation to a clean energy future will require a trained workforce and our amendment would ensure that these communities, whether in rural Wyoming or urban Pittsburg, have easy access to green jobs training in new energy and new manufacturing sectors so they can prosper in a new energy economy.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons:Michael and the Jackson 5ive

It’s Saturday morning once again and what better way to remember the “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, than sitting down with a bowl of my favorite cereal from days gone by,Captain Crunch, and watching a few episodes of the Jackson 5ive.

Michael in Wonderland

ABC

I Want You Back

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 6/27/09

Opening the Door to a Clean Energy Economy

The President praises historic energy legislation passed by the House of Representatives. The legislation will help America create green jobs, ensure clean air for our children, move towards energy independence and combat climate change.

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Frank Pallone testifies about Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Congressman Frank Pallone testified in front of the congressional panel investigating the allegations against Chris Christie’s questionable use of deferred prosecution agreements while acting as U.S Attorney.

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Video: State Of The Race 6/25/09

Governor Jon Corzine’s campaign manager Maggie Moran gives a video update about the campaign.

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President Barack Obama says he is ‘confident’ Gov. Corzine can win re-election

by Josh Margolin/Statehouse Bureau
Wednesday June 24, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama today said he is confident Gov. Jon Corzine will be re-elected this fall, though he is well aware of the tough political climate in which Corzine is running for a second term.

“I think very highly of Jon Corzine. I think he’s a terrific public servant,” the president said during a White House interview with a handful of newspaper reporters from around the country. “I’m confident that he can win re-election. I don’t think it’s surprising that he may have a significant challenge.”

Listen to audio of President Obama answer a question on Gov. Corzine and his re-election campaign

For his part, Corzine traveled around the country last year to campaign for Obama — after first supporting Obama’s Democratic presidential primary opponent, Hillary Clinton. New Jersey Democrats view Obama and his rock-star popularity as one of the key elements in their plans to turn the governor’s sagging approval ratings into an Election Day victory in November.
The other main ingredient is Corzine’s personal wealth, which the governor has tapped for previous campaigns and could conceivably bury the Republicans in an avalanche of television advertising from New York City to Philadelphia.

After serving with Obama in the U.S. Senate, Corzine ran for governor in 2005. In the fall election, Corzine is facing popular Republican Chris Christie, who made a name for himself prosecuting corrupt government officials as New Jersey’s chief federal lawman.

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Quote of The Day

“I think very highly of Jon Corzine. I think he’s a terrific public servant,” the president said during a White House interview with a handful of newspaper reporters from around the country. “I’m confident that he can win re-election. I don’t think it’s surprising that he may have a significant challenge.”

President Obama answers a reporters question during yesterdays White House press conference, concerning New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s re-election.

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Obama Sends Message to Iran Via Twitter

President Obama sent a message, in Persian, to the Iranian people earlier today via Twitter that links back to the White House blog page .

The White House blog posted the President’s opening remarks about Iran during today’s press conference.
The President stated “…The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost….”

The President’s message to the Iranian people is a clear sign that he has taken a firmer stance against the violence and authoritaian crackdown of the Iranian government against it’s people.

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Join Forces With The Kellogg Company to confront Hunger in the U.S.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 21, 2009 – Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) today announced a transformational partnership with Katalyst, a studio for social media co-founded by Ashton Kutcher (www.twitter.com/aplusk) and Jason Goldberg. The partnership will raise awareness of the growing hunger epidemic in the United States and encourage consumers to donate to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief organization, at the KelloggCares Facebook® Page at www.facebook.com/kelloggcares. Recent reports show that one in eight Americans is struggling with hunger, and food banks across the country are challenged to keep up with rising demand.

As part of its ongoing commitment to fight hunger, Kellogg teamed up with Katalyst to spotlight the issue through a new online video, directed by Demi Moore (www.twitter.com/mrskutcher). The video can be found on the KelloggCares Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kelloggcares. It features user-generated content submitted by consumers moved to end hunger following requests that @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher) and @mrskutcher (Demi Moore) posted on their respective Twitter feeds and Facebook Pages.

“We are grateful to be working with Kellogg on such a meaningful project and excited to be creating people-powered content for social media networks as a powerful tool for change,” said Kutcher, co-founder of Katalyst. “Innovative partnerships like this one demonstrate the good that companies can do when resources are pooled. The Katalyst team has been inspired by the thousands of voices that have emerged on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms dedicated to ending hunger in America.”

The goal of the video is to reach Americans through social media channels and encourage them to work together to help replenish food banks and feed the hungry by making donations to Feeding America. On the KelloggCares Facebook Page, consumers can become a fan, make a monetary donation to Feeding America and find out about other ways they can help fight hunger in their local communities.

“Hunger is an issue that often gets overlooked, especially here in the United States. Having food readily available is something that we too easily can take for granted. And yet we know, especially in these times, that many people in the United States go to bed hungry. That’s why it’s critical that we come together to shed light on the issue,” said Moore. “The collective spirit of the American people can do extraordinary things. It is our hope that this video and partnership with Kellogg Company will draw attention to this important issue and help make a difference for the 36 million Americans struggling with hunger.”

Kellogg hopes that by reaching consumers where they get much of their information – via the social web – it will engage even more people in the fight against hunger.

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