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25 Percent of Energy From Renewable Sources by 2025

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Source: Environment News Service (ENS)

WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - A bipartisan group of senators and representatives have re-introduced House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions calling for a new national renewable energy goal - 25 percent of the nation's energy supply from renewable sources by 2025, the so-called 25x'25 goal.

The resolutions are backed by the Energy Future Coalition, an organization that includes business, labor, and environmental groups led by such high profile figures as Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group and Ted Turner, chairman of the board of the United Nations Foundation and the Turner Foundation.

'Today we have Republicans and Democrats, rural and urban interests, and representatives from a diverse array of farm, forestry, business and environmental organizations coming together behind a common energy goal for the nation,' said 25x'25 Steering Committee Co-Chair Bill Richards. 'Our alliance has gained unprecedented support for such an approach.'

The resolutions were first introduced last June, but the proposal did not become law.

'We are excited that the sponsors moved so quickly to re-introduce the bill and applaud them for their leadership,' Richards said. 'We look forward to working with them to advance the 25x'25 goal and the enabling policies that will bring this vision to life.'

Lead sponsors in the Senate this year include Democrats Ken Salazar of Colorado, Barack Obama of Illinois, both senators from Iowa - Tom Harkin, a Democrat, and Charles Grassley, a Republican; and Republicans Richard Lugar of Indiana and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

'Global oil and natural gas reserves are concentrated in tumultuous regions that include nations hostile to the United States,' said Senator Lugar. 'Our national security and economic prosperity demand that we move to a more sustainable energy future. I applaud members of the 25x'25 coalition for their leadership in promoting renewable energy.'

In the House, lead sponsors are Democrats Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Mark Udall of Colorado and Republicans Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Zach Wamp of Tennessee.

'Setting the goal of 25x'25 is the critical first step in moving toward an America that is more secure, more environmentally sound, and more energy self- sufficient,' said 25x'25 Steering Committee Co-Chair Read Smith. 'Goals are important. Goals were important when we electrified rural America, when we built the interstate highway system, and when we sent a man to the moon. We urge all Americans to join with us in this historic opportunity.'

For more information, visit: http://www.25x25.org.

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