WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives have re-introduced the 25x'25 House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions calling for a new national renewable energy goal: 25 percent of the nation's energy supply from renewable sources by 2025.

The resolutions spring from an expanding and politically influential coalition that now includes nearly 400 agriculture, industry, and environmental groups, as well as over 20 current and former governors and several state legislatures.

"Today we have Republicans and Democrats, rural and urban interests, and representatives from a diverse array of farm, forestry, business and environmental organizations coming together behind a common energy goal for the nation," said 25x'25 Steering Committee Co-Chair Bill Richards. "Our alliance has gained unprecedented support for such an approach."

"We are excited that the sponsors moved so quickly to re-introduce the bill and applaud them for their leadership," Richards said. "We look forward to working with them to advance the 25x'25 goal and the enabling policies that will bring this vision to life."

Lead sponsors in the Senate this year include: Sens. Ken Salazar (D- Colo.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Richard Lugar (R- Ind.), Barack Obama (D-Ill), and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.). Lead House sponsors are: Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Mark Udall (D- Colo.), and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.).

"Setting the goal of 25x'25 is the critical first step in moving toward an America that is more secure, more environmentally sound, and more energy self- sufficient," said Co-Chair Read Smith. "Goals are important. Goals were important when we electrified rural America, when we built the interstate highway system, and when we sent a man to the moon. We urge all Americans to join with us in this historic opportunity."

The Senate Resolution, S. Con. Res. 3 is being introduced with more than 20 co-sponsors, and the House Resolution, H. Con. Res. 25, currently has 35 co-sponsors.

Several members of the Senate expressed their support for 25x'25:

"Energy independence is not just a talking point -- it is a realistic goal and the 25x'25 resolution will chart that course," said Sen. Salazar. "We can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, enhance our national security, protect our land and water and create new jobs throughout rural America; we just need to make the commitment. This is the first step down that important path."

"Unfortunately 'abracadabra' won't solve our energy problems, which is why the 25x'25 initiative is so important," said Sen. Grassley. "This initiative sets a goal that we all can work toward with sensible policies and incentives."

"Global oil and natural gas reserves are concentrated in tumultuous regions that include nations hostile to the United States," said Sen. Lugar. "Our national security and economic prosperity demand that we move to a more sustainable energy future. I applaud members of the 25x'25 coalition for their leadership in promoting renewable energy."

"This 25x'25 vision represents the compass point that America needs to set us on a course for a real, substantive transition of our energy systems," said Sen. Harkin. "Achieving this goal will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and our greenhouse gas emissions while giving us more control over our energy economy."

More information is online at www.25x25.org.

SOURCE: 25x'25 via PR Newswire.