Pelosi: CLEAN Energy Act is the First Step Toward a Future of Energy Independence

January 18, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on H.R. 6, the CLEAN Energy Act, which rolls back subsidies and tax breaks for Big Oil, and passed on the House floor by a vote of 264 to 163:

'Today's vote represents the first step toward a future of energy independence.  By rolling back $14 billion in subsidies for Big Oil at time when they have recorded record profits, and investing that money in clean renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels, we will reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

'By investing in American ingenuity, Democrats will accelerate the implementation of existing clean, energy-efficient technologies.  We will promote homegrown alternatives, creating good paying jobs while bolstering our national security, sending our energy dollars to the Midwest, not the Middle East.'