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NW Indiana Business Owner Keith Lobbies for Clean Energy Bill June 28, 2009

Posted by Laura Arnold in Uncategorized.

Bill Keith, President of SunRise Solar, Inc. in St. John, IN, was in Washington, D.C. earlier this week to lobby for passage of HR 2454, the American Clean Energy & Security Act. Keith was invited to participate in a press conference conducted by Congressman Henry Waxman (in front of the microphones) and Keith is the fourth person to the right of Waxman in the photo wearing the blue tie and jacket. Keith’s head is in front of the green sign that says “YES TO GREEN JOBS”.

The U.S. House of Representatives began voting Friday evening shortly after 7:00 pm on HR 2454, the American Clean Energy & Security Act. The bill passed narrowly by a vote of 219 to 212.
The members of the Indiana Congressional Delegation voted as follows:
Carson (D), Hill (D)
Donnelly (D), Ellsworth (D), Visclosky (D);
Burton (R), Buyer (R), Pence (R), Souder (R)
For a complete analysis of the roll call vote on HR 2454 see http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/house/1/477
E-mail from Bill Keith to Shari Taylor Davenport, Office of Pete Visclosky:


Thanks for the response, but I have some reservations about Pete’s stance…… [News release from Congreessman Pete Visclosky follows.]

The air in NWI is dirty (it stinks), the water is being polluted, the cancer rate is 8th in the nation, and Pete is still holding on to the old way of doing business. I know what he is thinking, “If I lose the Gary (Lake County) vote then I lose the next election.” The educated public can see right through this Shari, and it may come back to bite him in the rear end.

I appreciate that Pete works hard for industry, but it is time for a NEW industry – one that is CLEAN!

This transition to a clean energy economy WILL happen, either on Pete’s watch or on the next guys watch – MY generation and my children’s generation demand it!


Bill Keith
SunRise Solar Inc.
PO Box 53
St John, IN 46373
219-306-4571 fax


Taking GREEN……Mainstream!

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Congressman Pete Visclosky
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Washington, D.C.
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June 26, 2009

Visclosky Votes Against Cap and Trade Legislation
Legislation Would Threaten Competitiveness and Jobs in Northwest Indiana

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Pete Visclosky issued the following statement today after voting no on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, legislation that would establish a cap and trade regime to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S.:

“Climate change is real. It is a serious problem that threatens our way of life, and I am committed to working to solve it.

“Although significant progress has been made on this bill on a number of fronts that would hold down the cost of electricity to residential and industrial customers and help level the playing field for our steel and manufacturing industries that face international competition, the bill still falls short.

“The legislation considered today leaves no margin of error as it relates to jobs in the domestic steel industry, stoking my greatest fear that it will result in a net loss of jobs in Northwest Indiana. I remain seriously concerned about the long-term ramifications that this unilateral action to combat climate change will have on American competitiveness and American workers. We can’t just hope that other countries will follow suit and choose to act concurrently. Additionally, from my perspective this legislation assumes no growth in American industry, including steel.

“I see the need for climate change legislation, but we still have more work to do before this package is ready. The nature of the problem demands a balanced approach that ensures competitiveness and protects American jobs.”



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