U.S. lawmakers are failing to advance legislation needed to promote renewable energy with "the urgency" needed in the face of global warming, said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., at a policy briefing in Washington, D.C. The swiftness with which renewable energy and global warming disappeared from Congress' agenda is "striking," Holt said. "We must remind ourselves what this is all about. It is about finding sustainable ways to produce enough energy for the 9 billion people [globally] to use to get a satisfactory quality of life," he said.

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