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Blue Green Alliance Urges Cap and Trade Legislation

The Blue Green Alliance, an organization representing labor unions and environmental groups, has issued a policy statement urging adoption of comprehensive cap and trade legislation during 2009.

In a press release announcing its position the Alliance, representing such diverse interests as the United Steel Workers and the Sierra Club, stated: “this legislation is an effective way to rapidly put millions of Americans back to work building a clean energy economy and to reduce global warming emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change.” According to the press release the group believes “[r]ising energy costs to low- and moderate-income Americans and adversely-impacted regions can be offset with rebates or tax credits. The Alliance also supports complementary regulation, including standards for renewable energy, energy efficiency resources and fuel and appliance efficiency. In addition, climate change legislation should include investments in a wide range of technologies…”