U.S. Senate Passes Collins-Cantwell Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Clean Energy Week
September 17, 2020

Collins and Cantwell Introduced Resolution with 16 U.S. Senators 

The United States Senate today passed a bipartisan resolution that formally recognizes National Clean Energy Week 2020. Introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the resolution, S.Res.705, officially proclaims Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 as “National Clean Energy Week” and encourages individuals and organizations to support commonsense solutions that address the economic, environmental, and energy needs of the United States in the 21st century.

U.S. Sens. Alexander (R-TN), Baldwin (D-WI), Braun (R-IN), Burr (R-NC), Coons (D-DE), Gardner (R-CO), Graham (R-SC), King (I-ME), Manchin (D-WV), Romney (R-UT), Rosen (D-NV), Shaheen (D-NH), Thune (R-SD), Tillis (R-NC), Warren (D-MA) and Whitehouse (D-RI) joined as original co-sponsors of the resolution. In 2019, Collins and Cantwell introduced S.Res.348, a similar measure, that was agreed to in the United States Senate.

“Four days out, National Clean Energy Week continues to grab the attention of federal policymakers, governors, and state legislators alike as this annual celebration shines a light on the contributions of our clean energy technologies, innovators and workers,” said NCEW Chair and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Executive Director Heather Reams. “Reducing emissions and growing clean energy jobs for Americans is an area where elected officials across all levels of government and political backgrounds can find common ground. In a contested election year when agreement on anything almost seems unachievable, it is tremendous that 18 Senators, Republican, Democratic and Independent, came together to support clean energy. National Clean Energy Week’s organizers applaud Senators Collins and Cantwell for introducing this resolution and the full Senate for unanimously passing the measure.”

Today’s Senate passage marks yet another way that National Clean Energy Week continues to gain momentum. To date, 18 of the nation’s governors as well as the Mayor of Washington, D.C. have issued formal proclamations declaring Clean Energy Week in their home states. Additionally, 140 participating organizations, spanning coast-to-coast and including groups dedicated to sustainability and free-market environmental policies, are taking part in this year’s celebrations.

Information about the week-long Policy Makers Symposium registration can be found at https://nationalcleanenergyweek.org/.

Text of the Senate resolution can be found below.

RESOLUTION

Proclaiming the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, to be “National Clean Energy Week”

Whereas, across the United States, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before;

Whereas clean energy generation is readily available from zero- and low-emissions sources;

Whereas the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in the United States in recent years;

Whereas technological innovation can further reduce costs and increase deployment of clean energy sources;

Whereas the ‘‘2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report’’ found that—

(1) at the end of 2019, the energy sector in the United States employed 6,800,000 individuals; and

(2) in 2019, the energy sector in the United States generated more than 120,000 new jobs;

Whereas the scaling of clean energy is essential to reducing harmful pollution;

Whereas clean energy jobs are inherently local, contribute to the growth of local economies, and cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and

Whereas innovative clean energy solutions and clean energy jobs are part of the energy future of the United States: Now, therefore, be it 

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) proclaims the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, to be ‘‘National Clean Energy Week’’;

(2) encourages individuals and organizations across the United States to support commonsense solutions that address the economic, environmental, and energy needs of the United States in the 21st century;

(3) encourages the Federal Government, States, municipalities, and individuals to invest in clean, low-emitting energy technologies; and

(4) recognizes the role of entrepreneurs and small businesses in ensuring the energy leadership of the United States in the global marketplace and supporting low-cost, clean, and reliable energy in the United States.

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National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), described by POLITICO as “a veritable who’s who of the Clean Energy World,” is an annual awareness week to recognize the value of clean energy including abundant job opportunities, economic growth, energy independence, consumer choice, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment. Follow NCEW on Twitter (@NCEWConf) and Facebook (NationalCleanEnergyWeek) for event updates. www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org