“Drilling makes no sense in legislation to address climate change. Such a bill should provide more incentives to develop clean, renewable energy and protect marine ecosystems,” she added.
The lawmakers are endorsing major new financial support for nuclear power in their framework as well. The framework does not provide details of the various proposals.
Environment America issued a statement that cheers the lawmakers’ endorsement of limits on greenhouse gas emissions and support for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.
But Emily Figdor, director of the group’s federal global warming program, attacked the drilling and nuclear power plans.
“To really deliver on the promise of a clean energy economy, we must protect our treasured coasts from oil drilling, stop new investments in conventional coal plants and require existing coal plants to meet modern pollution standards, and not squander all-too-scarce federal dollars on expensive nuclear power plants that will set us back in the race to solve global warming,” she said.