Tribute to Ted Kennedy (1932–2009): A True Green Champion
Ted Kennedy was one of the most influential senators and public servants in history. As the last brother of the most famous political dynasties, he was instrumental in policies regarding immigration reform, reforming health care, and civil rights. But he was also a leading champion of environmental causes. Green Scout Report would like to pay tribute to Ted Kennedy for his work to fight for the environment. Rest in Peace.
Climate Change compiled some of Kennedy’s accomplishments include:
Holding Oil Companies Accountable
During consideration of a 1975 tax cut proposal, Kennedy introduced a provision targeting the oil depletion allowance, which since 1926 had enabled oil producers to exclude 22 percent of their revenues from any taxes. Kennedy’s initiative passed overwhelmingly, trimming the allowance for independent producers and ending it for the major oil companies.
Raising Fuel Economy Standards
Senator Kennedy has a long and distinguished record supporting clean renewable sources of energy and reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels. More than thirty years ago he cosponsored the first law to establish fuel economy standards. And in 2007, he supported a law which increased fuel economy standards, which is essential to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Improving Energy Efficiency
Senator Kennedy was a strong proponent of increasing energy efficiency, which is an essential part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He was a long time supporter of programs like the weatherization assistance program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps those most in need reduce their energy bills by improving home energy efficiency.
Kennedy Fought to Cleanup Brownfields Sites and Revitalize Local Communities
In 2001, Senator Kennedy was a lead sponsor of the Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act, which authorized funds for assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites.