The passage of a National Renewable Energy Standard (RES) shows our commitment to clean energy. We made it clear that inaction is no longer an option when it comes to clean and renewable energy. A national RES program will arm us with a great resource as we accept the challenge of minimizing the impact of global warming. Under a Republican-controlled Congress, a national RES could not even be debated. The Democratic Congress has made clean energy a priority by offering the American people a New Direction when it comes to energy efficiency in the United States.