Pierce: Republicans refuse to embrace a clean energy future for our state
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington), the ranking Democrat on the Indiana House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today released a statement in response to House Bill 1414, legislation that would block the progress Hoosiers have made with their electric providers to transition to cleaner energy:
“The House Republicans have manufactured a crisis to justify protecting the coal industry from less expensive and cleaner forms of energy, and they are doing it at the expense of every Hoosier who pays an electric bill, said Pierce. “Rather than embracing a clean energy future, they have chosen to reward a special interest by clinging to the past.
“For a party that professes to support free markets, it is very curious that they would want to interfere with the marketplace at the expense of more competitive forms of energy.”
Pierce has been a strong advocate for clean energy and was instrumental in defeating similar legislation on the House floor last session.