CoolClimate Art Initiative Winners Announced

Innovative online climate change art contest engages thousands of artists with winners selected by celebrities, experts, and public voting

Contact: Sarah Ingersoll Email: Phone: (310) 486-5448 WASHINGTON, DC – The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit their work for the first online art competition designed to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change. More than 1,000 artists from around the globe made submissions through CoolClimate’s partner,, the largest online network for artists, creatives, and art enthusiasts, with 15 million members worldwide. As Agnes Gund, art expert and one of the judges for the Contest said, "There is probably no issue more important facing us today then how we are affecting our environment. The CoolClimate Art Contest is a smart and engaging way to compel artists to influence and communicate the critical issue of climate change. Art has the power to persuade on a deeply emotional level, sometimes more effectively than grafts or numbers or datasheets." A panel of notable art experts and celebrities selected the 20 semi-finalists that were featured on The Huffington Post where the public voted to determine the Top 5 winners. The judging panel included:

  • Jackson Browne (musician)
  • Chevy Chase (Comedian) and Jayni Chase (philanthropist)
  • Mel Chin (artist)
  • Dianna Cohen (artist)
  • Philippe Cousteau (ecologist)
  • Agnes Gund (collector & philanthropist)
  • Van Jones (environmental activist)
  • Carrie Mae Weems (artist)
  • David Ross (curator)

David Ross, art expert and judge for the Contest said: "The Contest really engaged the creative community, with over 1,000 artists submitting work and 44,000 people visiting the site. The finalists include a range of artistic styles including sculpture, graphic design, photography, and painting; and they were created by artists from all over the world — From France, Bolivia, Bucharest and Greece to Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. It is particularly gratifying that so many artists responded to the challenge of creating art work that can communicate serious concerns for the future of our planet." The top 5 Climate Artists of 2010 as determined by popular vote are:

1st place: No Pollution Please by Christos Lamprianidis (Greece) 2nd place: AIR by David Criado (Bolivia) 3rd place: Oil Spill Duck Sculpture by Donald Gialanella (Wisconsin) 4Th place: Don’t Trash It by Starkman Design Group (California) 5Th place: Tick Tock by Juliet McIver (California)
1st Place Winner: No Pollution Please

Angelo Sotira, CEO and founder of deviantART, Inc. added, "Using art for social action is a powerful tool and a passionate interest of our community. Partnering to host this initiative was an obvious choice for our global network of artists. We’re very proud of Christos Lamprianidis, a deviantART member of two years, for being awarded the top spot for his stunning piece 'No Pollution Please.' We look forward to seeing his blog on the Huffington Post." The winners will be honored October 7th at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, featured on the Planet Green Planet100 show and distributed at key global warming events for's international day of climate action on 10/10/10. Environmental organizations and organizers worldwide are being provided with an image tool kit that offers 10 ideas for using the CoolClimate Art finalists in their ongoing climate change communications. The winning images include reference to a range of issues related to climate change problems and solutions. Van Jones, environmental activist and judge for the Contest stated, "These powerful images speak to the air, water, and earth that sustains us, and reveal the perils arising from our addiction to coal and oil. Human ingenuity created these problems; human creativity - on full display here - can get us out. I encourage all environmental activists to use these images in their ongoing climate change communications." All entries, as well as winners and finalists, can be viewed at the CoolClimate deviantART web site ( Artists are encouraged to continue to submit their creations to the CoolClimate project to connect with one another and share their work with the public.


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  • Artillery Magazine
  • Big New Ideas
  • The Canary Project
  • The Center for American Progress
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Clean Energy Works
  • Climate Change Education
  • Creative Visions Foundation
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • deviantART
  • Earth Day Network
  • Ecorazzi
  • Energy Action Coalition
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Green Community Schools
  • Green For All
  • Hip Hop Caucus
  • Huffington Post
  • Kaze Design
  • Metropolis Magazine
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Oceana
  • Planet100
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  • Rock the Vote
  • Sierra Club
  • Student PIRGS
  • Southern Energy Network
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  • World Wildlife Fund

Green For All Joins National Call to Action to Head Off Looming Freshwater Crisis

Economy, public health, ecosystems threatened without new direction in freshwater management by public and private sectors, diverse coalition cautions

For more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |
WASHINGTON – September 16, 2010 - Green For All has joined a diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, environmental organizations, and government agencies today in issuing a landmark call to action aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply that could affect the nation's economy, the livability of our communities, and the health of our ecosystems. The call to action comes in a report, "Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges," that is the culmination of an intensive two-year collaboration exploring solutions to U.S. freshwater challenges. It was presented to the Obama Administration before being released to the public during a noon forum where Cecilia Estolano, Green For All's Chief Strategist on State and Local Initiatives, spoke. "Energy may be America's most obvious resource challenge, but water is on the verge of becoming just as big a problem if we don't act now," says Estolano. "With energy, we waited too long and are paying the price now; this Call to Action gives us a chance to address water before it's too late." The report states that participants reached "broad consensus…that our current path will, unless changed, lead us to a national freshwater crisis in the foreseeable future." It identifies serious challenges to the quality and supply of freshwater, including water infrastructure in need of upgrades and repairs; pollution and scarcity; competing urban, rural, and ecosystem water needs; climate change; environmental and public health impacts; and a variety of economic implications. It offers actions to confront these threats and a plan to ensure that our freshwater resources are secure for the 21st century. "For too long, our society has treated water as a cheap, non-strategic and infinitely available resource. Not anymore. Threats to water quality and access are putting our businesses, communities, and way of life in jeopardy. The time to act is now," said S. Curtis Johnson, chairman of Diversey Inc., a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions to the institutional marketplace and co-signer of the Call to Action. The Call to Action's recommendations include streamlining governance and modernizing America's freshwater regulatory framework, developed in the 1970s. The report also calls for badly needed upgrades to U.S. water and wastewater systems, which it suggests could be easier to finance with a better accounting of the full cost of services delivered by municipal water and wastewater utilities that is shared with consumers. For more information about Green For All, visit For more information about the Call to Action, or to learn more about The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, please visit

Green For All and Other Leading Environmental Groups to Honor Congressional Black Caucus for Dedication to Building America’s Clean-Energy Economy

Event hosted by “Meet the Browns” star Lamman Rucker

WASHINGTON DC — On Wednesday September 15th, several leading national environmental organizations will honor the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for its dedication to building America's clean-energy economy. Meet the Browns’s Lamman Rucker will emcee the luncheon event, titled "New Energy in the Congressional Black Caucus." "The Congressional Black Caucus was instrumental in a number of advances in the effort to bring good, green jobs to America this year," says Pheadra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, one of the groups hosting the event. "As we look forward to keeping the EPA strong, passing a Renewable Energy Standard, and including green jobs in the Transportation Bill, we know the Caucus will rise to the occasion again in 2011." The luncheon will highlight the Congressional Black Caucus's role in crafting the Green Construction Careers Demonstration Project. This provision of the House climate bill would have required certain construction projects to hire local workers, allowed for the creation of community workforce agreements, and created training opportunities to help everyday people achieve the American Dream. "We must go green. And we must be inclusive and create jobs for those most in need," says Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA). "New Energy in the Congressional Black Caucus" will honor six individual U.S. Representatives for their extraordinary leadership on these issues: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). Event sponsors include: Green For All, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, League of Conservation Voters, and American Rivers. The event is open to the public and media. WHEN: Wednesday September 15th, Noon to 2pm WHERE: Capitol Building HC-5 (House entrance) RSVP:


Tens of Thousands Pledge Support and Plan to Participate in Washington Rally on October 2

For more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |

A message from Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All (click play button)

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Heeding a call to Put America Back to Work and Pull America Back Together, tens of thousands of people across America have united as One Nation Working Together for jobs, justice and education. One Nation Working Together is a fast-growing movement of people of diverse backgrounds, hues and faiths demanding an American economy that works for all of us. "We are facing unprecedented economic and social challenges in this country," says George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (Service Employees International Union), a One Nation Working Together partner. "Unemployment and recession, struggling public school systems, and recent attempts to take away basic civil and human rights compel us to come together and act," he adds, "by demanding one million new jobs now." "It is time we put aside our differences and focus on moving forward together, refocusing our country’s priorities on what is truly important – renewed and stepped up investments in our people." According to Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, also a One Nation Working Together partner, this movement represents the mosaic of ideas, ideals and backgrounds that is America. Jealous explains: "We are coming together - people of all faiths, nationalities, and races to demand that everyone have the opportunity to work at a good job, that every child be able to go to a great school, and that justice for all be a reality not just a promise.  Our movement strives to make real the promise of America for everyone.   On October 2nd, our voice for progress and hope will be raised in a clarion call.  Our vision of unity and progress represents the true majority of Americans. It will ultimately prevail over those seeking to divide us and turn the clock back." "While we look to our leadership in Congress, state houses and in town halls," adds Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, "we also are adding our names to the list of people responsible – and accountable – for national priorities that choose jobs over military actions abroad, and building schools instead of bailing out failing financial institutions." On Saturday, October 2, tens of thousands of One Nation Working Together supporters will lift the true majority voice during a One Nation Working Together march at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. We know that when we speak as a united voice and work together for our common purposes we will be successful in demanding a Plan for a New Economy That Works for All of Us. This plan includes one million new jobs immediately including green jobs, extended unemployment support, paid sick days and family leave for all workers, fixing the broken immigration system, extending civil and human rights protections to all, ending racial profiling, curbing re-segregation attempts, completing the promise of health care reform with the public option, and ensuring that all people have access to affordable, high quality public education from pre-school through college. From Saturday, August 28 and continuing through September, local ONWT coalitions from Boston to the Bay Area will kick off One Nation Working Together mobilization efforts with rallies and marches, job fairs, affordable housing summits, organizing meetings, education forums, community and town hall meetings, parades, festivals, prayer breakfasts, voter registration drives, tailgate parties, news conferences, social media blitzes and more. The purpose: to mobilize people ready to change America’s future, and to garner a record-breaking crowd for the One Nation Working Together national march for jobs, justice and education on October 2 in Washington. Such local launches reinforce the depth and breadth of the One Nation Working Together appeal. Americans are joining, from rural towns to urban centers, united by what we have in common: a belief that every person deserves to live the American Dream; a secure job that will support a family, a safe home and excellent quality public education. Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, an ONWT organizational partner: "The One Nation March is a critical moment in American history. Now is the time that the progressive power in this country prove that we are the movement of faith. We are the movement fighting to protect the most vulnerable Americans from those who want to exploit us and lock us out of the American dream." "With the 10-2-10 march, we are serving notice to Congress," says Jealous. "We will march on October 2 and we will march again on November 2 into the voting booths." "We need and expect decisive leadership to overcome this country’s urgent challenges. We in One Nation Working Together are ready to do our part." To read the One Nation Working Together Call to Action, to sign a One Nation Working Together pledge or to register for the 10-2-10 march What ONWT Supporters are Saying: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, an ONWT organizational partner: "With tens of millions of people stuck in a jobless quagmire and a slow economy, the time for action is now," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "This great country can do better. As one nation, working together, we can build an economy that truly works for all. And we will." SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, an ONWT organizational partner: "One Nation is about putting America back to work and pulling America back together," said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. "It's time to unite our collective strength to lead our country back to economic prosperity and send a clear message that we will not be divided. We will not back down until all workers have the freedom to unite to form unions and rebuild the middle class. And we will not back down until we build a fair, humane and just immigration system that protects hard working immigrants from exploitation and meets the economic needs of our future."


Initiative engages the action-sports community in efforts to curb climate change

For more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |
CHICAGO – Green For All – in partnership with the Dew Tour – today announced the launch of Protect the 360°, a campaign to engage and activate the action-sports community in efforts to curb climate change. The initiative is a direct response to fans' concerns over global warming and its impact on outdoor sports. "Climate change is real," said Dave Mirra, BMX legend. "It affects everything from snow quality to quality of life. But doing little things – like turning off your lights or riding your bike instead of driving – can add up to make a difference. I am doing my part and I hope fans will join me in doing theirs to protect the 360°." The Protect the 360° campaign includes an interactive website ( that provides simple, useful information about how people can make their lives greener. "Green For All works to educate new audiences about the benefits of going green," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "2010 is the hottest year on record and we all have a part to play in curbing climate change." One of the website's features is a tool to determine how green one's lifestyle is right now. By completing the "Tread Lightly" survey, fans immediately enter to win gear signed by the Nike 6.0 BMX team. Verizon Wireless subscribers can also text PROTECT360 to 2999 to enter. Non-Verizon customers can enter to win by e-mailing their information to A grand-prize winner will be drawn at random, and will receive a trip for two to the Dew Tour finals in Las Vegas. The winner will also participate in a Protect the 360° service event with top Dew Tour athletes and appear in a campaign video. Ellis-Lamkins says, "The response by Dew Tour athletes and fans to Protect the 360° has been incredible. People are excited to learn simple ways to green their lives. We hope the campaign serves as a platform to channel this community's concern about climate change into action and continued conversations." About Protect the 360° Protect the 360° is a campaign to engage and activate the action-sports community in efforts to curb climate change. An initiative from Green For All and the Dew Tour, Protect the 360° features educational tools, service events, and online challenges. To learn more, visit About The Dew Tour The Dew Tour consists of five major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse, and a bonus pool at year-end based on overall tour standings. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert and dirt) and freestyle motocross. At season’s end, the overall points leaders in the five disciplines will be crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements complement the competitions at each Tour event, including the Festival Village, specialty competitions, and live, cutting-edge music. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2, and USA. The Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport 2, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel, and Allarco Superchannel. The Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor) and Nike 6.0, Wendy's, and Toyota (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, JCPenney, MATADOR Beef Jerky, Paul Mitchell, PlayStation®, PowerBar, Sony and Verizon. More information can be found at

Joint Center Announces Green For All CEO Appointment to Climate Change Commission

For more information, contact: Betty Anne Williams 202-789-3505
WASHINGTON – The CEO of Green For All, a national organization focused on building an inclusive green economy, and a prominent Washington lawyer have joined the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies announced today. The newest members of the Commission, which was established in 2008 by the Joint Center to help enhance African Americans’ awareness and understanding of climate change and to advance their perspectives in critical policy discussions, are Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer of Green For All, and Broderick D. Johnson, Esq., a partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP. Under Ms. Ellis-Lamkins’ leadership, Green For All has become one of the country's leading advocates for a clean-energy economy, and one of its most important voices on the intersection of economics and environment. Mr. Johnson, the head of Bryan Cave’s Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee, previously served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs during the Clinton Administration. Johnson was also instrumental in working with the Joint Center to create the Commission at the outset. They join 14 other members of the Commission, which is comprised of leading experts representing government, health, industry, civil rights, academia, labor, consumer protection and environmental protection. "Over the past two years, this Commission has contributed to a greater understanding in the African American community of the far-reaching consequences that climate change will have on people of color, and particular in bringing their voices into the discussion during this critical time," said Ralph B. Everett, Joint Center President and CEO and co-chair of the Commission. “Our mission will be further advanced with the addition of these two distinguished public policy practitioners. "We are delighted to have Mr. Johnson and Ms. Ellis-Lamkins join the Commission and help us further our efforts to build a broad coalition of strategic partners to ensure that communities of color are fully engaged in the climate change debate," said Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, the Commission’s other co-chair. In addition to building awareness and empowering key stakeholders and influencers with information on climate change and its projected impact on communities of color, the Commission’s focus includes efforts to support clean energy initiatives and particularly the “green” jobs and economic opportunities they can bring to those communities. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. For more information about the Joint Center, please visit our Web site at


For more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 | Jul 30, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday denied 10 petitions challenging its 2009 determination that climate change is real, is occurring due to emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities, and threatens human health and the environment. After months of serious consideration of the petitions and of the state of climate change science, the EPA has found no evidence to support these challenges. On the contrary, the EPA's review shows that climate science is credible, compelling, and growing stronger. The EPA's decision to uphold its 2009 endangerment finding shows that the agency is committed to protecting America's most vulnerable communities from continued, increasing environmental degradation. The EPA recognizes that ignoring the real impact of climate change and pollution in our communities would only lead to ever worse health consequences for Americans, from childhood asthma to early death. "Air pollution is a serious problem, whether it's the refinery pollution in my hometown that gave me asthma as a young girl, or the greenhouse gases that are changing our climate and threatening everything from coastal towns to the vitality of farms," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "I am glad to see the EPA understands that, and is determined to protect Americans from air pollution." Green For All stands with Administrator Jackson’s call for a "better solution…more green jobs, more clean-energy innovation, and an end to the oil addiction that pollutes our planet and jeopardizes our national security."


For more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 | Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 14th, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will speak with leaders from low-income communities and communities of color at theGreen For All Academy convening. The three-day convening, which began on Monday, will focus on how to build an inclusive green economy and green movement. Green For All will cover topics ranging from the oil spill and the climate bill to the use of hip hop and art in fueling green activism in communities. Over the last three years, Green For All Academy graduates have organized approximately 1,000 events across the country to educate and mobilize low-income communities of color around climate solutions and green jobs. “We find ourselves in a historical moment,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “For those of us who care about justice, for those of us who want a better country, this is our moment, this is our movement.” In the opening session of the convening on Monday, Nicole Godfrey with the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice spoke with tears in her eyes about the impact of the oil spill on her hometown, New Orleans. “We are losing our animals, our shores and our livelihoods," said Godfrey. "Now is the time we need to work to make a difference.” Markese Bryant, a Green For All College Ambassador, helped to organize the convening.  “We need more cats from the hood to step up into leadership positions or we will be locked out of this new economy as we were locked out of the old economy, " Bryant said. "We have the opportunity right now to be a part of something bigger than we ever thought.” In addition to EPA Administrator Jackson, other speakers include: political commentator Jeff Johnson of BET; Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy; and Michael Blake from the White House Office of Public Engagement. Ellis-Lamkins noted, “Every person deserves the right to go to work, and not have to choose between his safety and putting food on the table. In the community where I grew up, this was not a choice we could make freely. That is why this convening of community leaders at this time in history is so important.”



Jun 15, 2010
Tonight, President Obama delivered his first Oval Office address about the Gulf Coast catastrophe and our nation’s energy approach going forward. The statement, from Green For All Chief Executive Officer Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: "We applaud President Obama's plan for the restoration of the Gulf Coast and his commitment to comprehensive climate-change legislation. "As the President stated tonight, we must embrace a clean-energy future. We must unleash American innovation and position our country at the global forefront of a clean-energy economy. We must create millions of good, green jobs and challenge the false choice of having to choose between a paycheck and personal safety. It starts with passing comprehensive climate and energy legislation that creates a more equitable, clean, and secure future for all Americans. “In addition to protecting and restoring the Gulf Coast, the Administration must safeguard our nation against another dirty-energy disaster. Our President, and more importantly, our country know that we are on an unsustainable path, too dependent on unreliable and dirty-energy sources. “The oil rig explosion represents a watershed moment. We can choose to move towards greater energy independence and increased national security, or we can continue to put the profits of multinational corporations ahead of the livelihoods of American families. “We thank the President for his vision of a clean-energy future. We look forward to working closely with the Administration and the leadership of the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass legislation that prevents a tragedy like this from ever occurring again, and that improves the health, wealth, and well-being of all Americans.”

Statement from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on the American Power Act

May 12, 2010
Today, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman released a discussion draft of the American Power Act, the U.S. Senate’s energy and climate legislation. The statement, from Green For All Chief Executive Officer Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “Green For All applauds Senators Kerry and Lieberman for their leadership efforts in crafting and advancing the American Power Act, and moving our nation closer to a clean-energy future that improves the health, wealth, and well-being of all Americans. “Our country knows that we are on an unsustainable path, too dependent on unreliable and dirty energy sources. This legislation represents a strong step towards greater energy independence, increased national security, and enhanced environmental protection. “As an organization dedicated to building broad opportunity through green investment, we particularly commend the inclusion of the Green Construction Careers Demonstration Project that strengthens the livelihood of the American worker and creates middle-class careers for our most vulnerable communities. “While there is much to applaud in the bill, there are also areas for substantial improvement. The final legislation must include clean-energy investments that maximize opportunities for quality job creation, specifically for unrepresented populations who traditionally have had little access to career-track jobs. And it must maintain the full ability of states and the EPA to advance solutions to our environmental and economic challenges without politics impeding. “As the debate moves forward, we are committed to working closely with the President and the leadership of the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass strong, comprehensive energy and climate legislation this summer that lays the foundation for an inclusive, green economy.”

Statement from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on House Passage of Home Star

May 06, 2010
Today, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019) passed the House by a vote of 246 to 161. The bill, designed to create jobs fast by making American homes more energy-efficient, will save consumers money on their electric bills and kick start our hard-hit construction industry. The statement, from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “With bi-partisan support, today’s passage of Home Star demonstrates that it is the right investment for the country at the right time. Energy-efficiency incentives are fast but efficient ways to improve the health, wealth, and well-being of our most vulnerable communities and provide pathways into prosperity for American workers. “We applaud Representatives Markey, Welch, Ehlers and Cardoza for championing this legislation. Because of their leadership, and the steadfast commitment of Representatives Rush and Lee, our country is closer to a clean-energy future filled with good, green jobs. “We look forward to working with our partners in the Senate towards a swift vote and immediate implementation.”

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