Posts Tagged ‘Murkowski’

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.


Watch out for flying pigs! Who woulda thunk it?

October 14, 2009

Earlier today, the Dow nosed about 10,000 given some a sign for optimism.  (We still have to create jobs to go with it, though.  See the comment on the CNN story on energy-efficiency and jobs.)  Most certainly wouldn’t have expected that six months ago.

And just in and perhaps even more unexpected, Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski–who happens to be the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy committee and an opponent of climate change legislation, seems to have come out in support of the framework laid out earlier this week by Senators Kerry and Graham in a NY Times Op-Ed piece, “Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation)“.

The lynch pin may well be the the jobs created by a focus on energy-efficiency, especially retrofitting existing homes, make this even more urgent and commonsensical.  And as I’ve said here before, you can forget the climate stuff if you want–we should be taking all the energy-efficiency steps anyway because it helps families, creates jobs, protects the environment, makes our country more economically competitive, and the nation more secure.  That’s a lot of wins.  And Washington may be figuring it out, now!


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