Coalition Calls for Active Bipartisan Leadership on Energy Bill

The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina Co-Signs National Advertisement

COLUMBIA, SC | April 06, 2010

The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina has joined a groundbreaking coalition of more than 90 business, conservation, and faith organizations calling for swift action on federal energy and climate legislation. The national print advertising campaign, “A Question of American Leadership,” will appear in key states, including South Carolina, over the coming weeks.

The print ad calls on Congress to enact bipartisan climate and energy legislation that “increases our security and limits emissions as it preserves and creates jobs.”

“It is vitally important that decision-makers understand the connection between timely federal energy legislation and national security, job creation, and economic recovery,” said Christie McGregor, Director of Government Relations at The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina. “Our very own Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the effort to end our dependence on foreign oil and enhance our national security by investing in American energy.”

As Sen. Graham explained to reporters last week, “The time has come for our nation to embrace comprehensive, game-changing energy policies which lead to energy independence. The incremental changes we have adopted in the past have simply led to more and more dependence on foreign oil.”

Sen. Graham also has warned that if Congress does not tackle this issue swiftly, federal regulators will step in with rules that would place an expensive regulatory burden on American businesses.

To circumvent agency intervention, Sen. Graham and others plan to introduce by the end of this month a bipartisan bill that would help reduce greenhouse gas pollution by investing in alternative energy sources, expanding nuclear power initiatives, and promoting energy efficiency, which would move the country closer to energy independence.

Organizations appearing in support of action on pro-energy legislation represent a broad spectrum, from private businesses, faith-based organizations, and labor unions to environmental NGOs and national security organizations that include companies with operations in South Carolina, such as Duke Energy, Alcoa, and General Electric. Together, they have a market capitalization of more than $1.6 trillion and employ more than 3 million people.

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