Posts Tagged ‘climate bill’

Climate, the Gulf Spill, and Energy Efficiency

June 11, 2010

In the wake of yesterday’s Senate vote blocking Senator Murkowski’s bill to halt EPA regulation of carbon dioxide, I gave a short interview this morning on the P.O.T.U.S show on Sirius.   The bottom line was this.  As confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2007, Congress has already given EPA the authority to regulate CO2 via the Clean Air Act.   Until Congress changes that, it’s the law of the land.  Meanwhile, regardless of people’s views on carbon in the atmosphere, there’s much we should be doing to reduce our energy us because energy-efficiency makes sense!

Businesses that are more efficient are more competitive.  Homes that use less energy keep money in consumers’ accounts so they can pay mortgages, put food on the table, and send kids to college.  And the less tax dollars we use to clean up oil spills in the Gulf, the easier it is to balance the budget, and pay down the deficit.   And while we’re on that subject, how about eliminating  $35 billion in tax subsidies to the big energy companies who are wildly profitable?  If we’re going to invest, let’s invest in an efficient economy that actually will pay us dividends in the form of savings done the road!

Building represent 40% of the total energy use in the U.S.  And homes are 50% of that.  And whether it’s climate, Gulf oil spills, or good home economics that you care about, making homes more energy-efficient is a good place to start.


Congressman Peter Welch on Energy Bill

July 3, 2009

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a press conference earlier this week.   Congressman Welch did a great job explaining the positive impact of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454) that passed the House on June 26.  He touched on the provisions of the bill and how it considered and minimzed the impacts on a variety of industries, from agriculate, to steel, to mining.  Check out an excerpt as reported by Vermont Public Radio.  (And listen closely for a brief snippet of me speaking.)

[2010 Update:  Peter Welch on the Home Star bill that he sponsored and that passed the House in May.]


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