Denver, CO - Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, released the following statement on comprehensive energy legislation released today by U.S. Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.):
"I welcome the draft legislation released today by Senators Kerry and Lieberman. A comprehensive energy and climate bill done right will create millions of new clean energy jobs and put America back in control of its own energy future.
"Colorado has led the way with aggressive renewable energy standards that promote greater use of wind, solar and biofuels and the recognition that responsibly developed natural gas is a key component of cleaner energy policy. Federal legislation should build on the successes that we've seen in communities across our state.
"I look forward to reading the discussion draft introduced today to gauge whether it meets these important thresholds, and to working with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bill that's good for Colorado and recognizes our state's continuing leadership in creating the new energy economy. For the sake of our nation's energy security, our economy, and our environment, delay on this critical issue is not an option."