American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
Three Studies All Find that Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits Can be Met without Harming the U.S. Economy
<p>On Tuesday June 15, 2010, three studies were released on the impacts of the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a> as developed by Senators Kerry and Lieberman. The three studies also integrated in all or many aspects of the <a href="/topics/acela">American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA)</a> as developed by the Senate Energy Committee. All three studies found that impacts of this bill on the U.S. economy would be minimal.
<p>This morning ACEEE released <a href="/press/2010/06/enhancing-energy-efficiency-provisions-pending-energy-cl">a report</a> analyzing the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a>, introduced by Sens. <a href="http://kerry.senate.gov">Kerry</a> and <a href="http://lieberman.senate.gov/">Lieberman</a>.
<p><a href="/uploaded_images/Executive-Seal-763693.bmp"><img alt="" class="floatright" src="/uploaded_images/Executive-Seal-763672.bmp" /></a>On December 16, 2009, President Obama released a <a href="http://assets.usw.org/Releases/Misc/obama_adm_man_framework_121609.pdf">... on revitalizing manufacturing in the United States</a>.
<p>On December 2, a number of collaborators from several federal agencies released a <a class="linktopdf" href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/economics/pdfs/InteragencyReport_Compet... at the request of five Senators from manufacturing states: Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).<br />
Much has happened with U.S. federal energy and climate policy since our June Grapevine. On June 26, the House of Representatives approved an energy and climate change bill in a close vote. The bill — H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) — was very similar to versions discussed in our June Grapevine. For a description of H.R.
<p>On Friday, October 23rd, the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/economics/economicanalyses.html#cleanen... released its scoring</a> of the <em>Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act </em>(S. 1733), also referred to as the Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill. The EPA found that the costs of Kerry-Boxer do not differ greatly from the Waxman-Markey climate bill. Both bills are expected to cost around $100 per household.
In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA. When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.