will be debated in the U.S. Senate this week. The oil lobby is pushing the story that the bill will result in higher gas prices -- a piece of misinformation that we can strongly refute.
Deron Lovass, a senior energy analyst and the vehicles campaign director for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), is available to speak with you and will specifically contradict the oil lobby's assertion as well as back his statements up with facts from a recent MARKAL study.
Please reply and I will put you in contact with him at your earliest convenience.
NRDC Energy Expert: Climate Security Act Will Cut Oil Imports and Benefit Drivers Through Higher Fuel Efficiency, More Choices at the Pump
Now Available for Interviews
Washington, DC - The Climate Security Act of 2008 (S. 2191 Lieberman-Warner), set to come to the Senate floor on June 2nd, will lead to a drop in oil imports and a rise in renewable energy production according to the recent MARKAL analysis ( http://www.nrdc.org/media/2008/080513.asp ). According to Deron Lovaas, Vehicles Campaign Director with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Warner climate bill is a key step to solving global warming and slashing our oil dependency. While the oil industry is lobbying hard to scuttle the bill and protect their windfall profits, Lovaas points out that the time is now for a dramatic national policy to simultaneously tackle global warming and oil security.
"We can't drill our way out of the oil crisis," Deron Lovaas says. "And we can't solve global warming without breaking our dependency on oil. For too long oil companies have been part of the problem; the Climate Security Act will force them to be part of the solution."
The MARKAL analysis demonstrates that meeting global warming pollution reduction targets in the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act will lead to dramatically more fuel-efficient vehicles which will reduce oil imports. MARKAL also found that the bill would produce jobs, provide manufacturing opportunities and spark innovation. The analysis, conducted by the International Resources Group for NRDC, also found that reaching the targets can be done with minimal cost to our energy system, less than one half of one percent.
NRDC analysts have also estimated what the change in transportation fuel bills would be with the Climate Security Act.
IRG used a model of the U.S. energy economy developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to examine how the emission limits specified by the Lieberman-Warner bill can be achieved. NRDC analysts extended the analysis by estimating what the change in transportation fuel bills would be with the Climate Security Act.
"This analysis confirms that passing the Climate Security Act will lead to increased fuel efficiency and more alternatives to gasoline. Improving how far our vehicles can travel on a gallon of gas will dramatically reduce oil imports," Lovaas says.
In addition to the MARKAL analysis, Tufts University Report that NRDC commissioned finds the cost of inaction on climate change will be staggering to all levels of the US economy. A comprehensive estimate, based on state-of-the-art computer modeling, finds that doing nothing on global warming will cost the United States economy more than 3.6 percent of GDP - or $3.8 trillion annually (in today's dollars) - by 2100. On the other hand, a detailed, bottom-up analysis finds that just four categories of global warming impacts -- hurricane damage, real estate losses, increased energy costs and water costs -- will add up to a price tag of 1.8 percent of U.S. GDP, or almost $1.9 trillion annually (in today's dollars) by 2100.
For more information, go here: http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/cost/fcost.pdf
About Deron Lovaas
Deron Lovaas has worked at the intersection of transportation, energy and environmental policy for fifteen years. He is currently a senior energy analyst and the vehicles campaign director for NRDC. He recently served as the chief strategist for major bipartisan oil savings policy and the 2005 federal transportation bill. Previous to his seven years at NRDC, Deron worked among other places with the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and Maryland's Department of Environment. His blog can be found here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dlovaas/
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