US Climate Action and Inaction

Kerry-Lieberman Climate/Energy Bill

US Senate Climate/Energy Legislation Update

  • Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act bill released today 12 May 2010; Ref: HERE.

  • Note added 31 July 2011

Kerry, Lieberman: American Power Act Bill Will Secure America's Energy, Climate Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released the details of their comprehensive energy and climate change legislation that will create jobs, strengthen America’s energy independence, safeguard our national security, and restore our global economic leadership for decades to come.

“The American Power Act will finally change our nation’s energy policy from a national weakness into a national strength,” said Senator Kerry.  “We can finally tell the world that America is ready to take back our role as the world’s clean energy leader... We have a never-before-seen coalition from across America, including key stakeholders embracing energy and climate legislation for the first time ever.  They aren’t giving up, they’re doubling down. They understand this isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity, and we’re going to get it done this year.” 

“The American Power Act is fundamentally different from previous energy and climate bills – and not just because it will be the one that actually passes,” said Senator Lieberman.  “Our bill will create jobs and transform the American economy; make our country more energy independent, which in turn will strengthen our national security; and improve the quality of the air we breathe..."


Note added 31 July 2011:  The US Republican Party, under pressure from the libertarian right wing, has killed US climate legislation prospects, and has adopted denier/contrarian/faux-skeptic climate pseudoscience. See the scientific journal Nature editorial "Republicans and Anti-Science Ignorance" and the essay on contrarians HERE.

For more information on US climate legislation and regulation see HERE.

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Dash, J. (2011). Kerry-Lieberman Climate/Energy Bill. Retrieved from


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