President Barack Obama has called for increased reliance on clean energy in his last two State of the Union Addresses. One of the primary goals the president said he wanted to achieve during his term was to double the share of American electricity generated by clean energy sources like wind, hydropower and solar.
According to a White House press release, the Obama administration has nearly achieved the president's objective, but last week, it announced a measure that should push the country far past Obama's target.
The new legislation, called the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 (CES), was introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) on March 1. The new approach calls for the government to make annual renewable energy source goals, but at the same time, gives organizations the freedom to find the means they believe are best to reach those targets, according to the release.
"This legislation will help us make sure that we employ continued diversity in our energy sources, and allow every region to deploy clean energy using its own resources," Bingaman said in a statement. "It also will make sure that we do all of this in a way that supports home-grown innovation and manufacturing and keeps us competitive in the global clean energy economy."
Fellow New Mexican Democrat and CES co-sponsor Senator Tom Udall added that the bill will not only reduce the amount of toxic gases that are emitted into our atmosphere, it will also create jobs as new clean energy organizations open up across the country.
In a column for The Huffington Post, Phyllis Cuttino rang her praises for Bingaman's CES. She explained that if industries adhere to the act, there may be a spike in private investments in businesses that are leading the way in renewable energy technology, and of course, companies nationwide will save money on energy costs by relying less on fossil fuels.