/PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2998). In response to passage of this legislation, Steve Miller, CEO and President of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), released the following statement:
"ACCCE supports the timely adoption of federal carbon management legislation that could include a mandatory cap and trade program. Accordingly, over the past several months, ACCCE has offered constructive proposals to members of the House of Representatives concerning how H.R. 2998 should be changed. The House did make important improvements to H.R. 2998. However, ACCCE cannot support this bill, as it is written, because the legislation still does not adequately protect consumers and the domestic economy or ensure that the American people can continue to enjoy the benefits of affordable, reliable electricity, which has been so important to our nation.
"We look forward to working with the U.S. Senate and other stakeholders during the coming months to make additional, vital modifications to H.R. 2998 so the legislation ultimately adopted by Congress and signed by the President ensures greater energy independence, produces environmental benefits, and promotes economic prosperity for millions of Americans."