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July 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

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Cap-and-trade: Legislation would create jobs, innovation

Posted by Letters editor

Puget Sound poised to reap benefits of climate bill

Rep. Dave Reichert showed great leadership by moving Washington and the nation toward a clean-energy future with the passing of the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House.

Energy independence and conservation transcend politics. This bill will protect our environment, strengthen our economy by creating more than 30,000 jobs in our state and help make America a world leader in energy-efficient technology. And, as a leader in clean-energy innovations, the Puget Sound region is uniquely positioned to greatly benefit from this historic legislation.

As the bill moves to the Senate later this year, we will need equal leadership to pass legislation that reduces dangerous carbon pollution and invests in a clean, prosperous future. Conservation and economic growth go hand in hand. Passing this bill into law will preserve our environment, create jobs and is a critical investment in a brighter future for our children.

-- Bob Freimark, Wilderness Society senior policy analyst, Seattle

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