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Whatever You Call It, Clean Energy is Bipartisan

Clean energy companies are forming a political action committee (PAC) to make sure that clean energy candidates are elected to Congress. The newly-formed Accelerating Energy Leadership PAC (or AccelPAC) was in the news last week not because it represents a significant beefing-up of the clean energy industry’s political might. Bloomberg broke the story by highlighting the way the PAC will talk about clean energy issues. Rather than referring to “clean” energy, the PAC is focused on “alternative” energy.

“We want to avoid the catch words — clean energy, green energy — that set people off in the wrong way,” said Tim Greeff, the Washington-based PAC’s treasurer. “The political rhetoric is starting to dictate and override any pragmatic solutions.”

Whatever you call it, AccelPAC makes clear that clean energy is a bipartisan issue. The PAC’s first recipient was Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller. We’ve highlighted Heller’s clean energy record here before, noting that Heller isn’t afraid to trumpet his support for “renewable” energy in his campaign.

As the NRDC Action Fund’s Running Clean report shows, leading on clean energy issues is a winning strategy. AccelPAC is a welcome addition to the world of clean energy politics. Because, at the end of the day, electing a clean energy majority is more important than the name we call it.