STATEMENT: CAP Expert Daniel J. Weiss on Pence Energy Plan

On the same day that a new study shows huge job-creating potential of clean energy, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) proposes to plow more money into the same failed Bush-Cheney energy policies of the past

“The American Energy Act is déjà vu all over again. It would continue the failed Bush-Cheney energy policies that caused the average American family’s energy costs to go up by $1,100. This plan would invest $800 billion for new nuclear plants paid for by taxpayers—it is too risky for Wall Street.

"We need a new direction that invests in creating millions of clean-energy jobs, lowering energy costs, moving us off foreign oil, and rebuilding our economic competitiveness around the clean-energy technologies of the future.”

Daniel J. Weiss is a Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at American Progress.