U.S. House passes historic climate and energy bill

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Thursday evening the House pass a bill to address climate change and energy use, a big part of Obama’s agenda.  Of course, Obama can’t sign these provisions into law unless a similar bill passes the Senate.  An energy bill has solid support there, but many expect the climate portion to present a bigger challenge.

My favorite part of the bill is the energy-efficiency direction introduced by Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont which would help bring Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to more states around the country so homeowners can experience the results seen by participants in New York and New Jersey, for example.

See more in articles in the NY Times or the Washington Post.

[See update, Peter Welch’s remarks on the energy bill.]

Thanks,
Mike

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3 Responses to “U.S. House passes historic climate and energy bill”

  1. A national energy efficiency program — at last, legislation is pending! « GreenHomes America Says:

    […] update, House Passes Historic Climate and Energy Bill, June 26, […]

  2. Charlie Adams Says:

    How about the retrofit of existing homes that will cost a fortune based on required CO2 reductions THAT THERE IS MUCH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE AGAINST THOSE REDUCTIONS REQUIRED THAN FOR. This is the biggest single tax to be imposed on the country and personal property ever and we’re launching through it like it’s proven. It is so much bravo sierra.

    • greenhomesamerica Says:

      I’m not going to get into a debate about climate science here. That’s not really the point of this blog, and so little of the discussion on the web about it is productive. I’d encourage everyone to go look at the actual science—not some pundits take on the science or the politics—and make up their own minds.

      Having said that, regarding energy-efficiency, it doesn’t really matter. See my earlier post on Amory Lovins’s take on this.

      Arguing about climate change is a red herring. It doesn’t matter what the climate science says, or even whether it’s right, because we ought to be purchasing energy efficiency anyway just to save money. And this works at several levels: home economics, state economics, and national economics. Burning money and spewing it out your chimney doesn’t make sense. And new power plants and distribution networks are very expensive—minimizing these costs also makes sense. Not being reliant on other country for so much of our energy is wise from a security perspective. The reasons for energy-efficiency are too numerous to mention. They hold true, CO2 aside. And the best part of the bill that passed are the energy provisions, especially the existing homes provisions.

      BTW, the provisions in the bill are voluntary for existing homes. If you like paying too much to the utility, have at it!

      Thanks,
      Mike

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