Welch state­ment on Obama en­ergy ef­fi­ciency an­nounce­ment

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Washington, DC

Rep.Peter Welch (D-VT.) is­sued the be­low state­ment fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s an­nounce­ment to­day of nearly $4 bil­lion in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in­vest­ments over the next two years. Welch is the House leader on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. His Home Star En­ergy Retro­fit Act passed the House last year with bi­par­ti­san sup­port. The leg­is­la­tion would help three mil­lion fam­i­lies retro­fit, ren­o­vate and in­su­late their homes, putting 170,000 Amer­i­cans to work in the process. Welch plans to rein­tro­duce bi­par­ti­san en­ergy ef­fi­ciency leg­is­la­tion early next year.

“I ap­plaud the Pres­i­dent for his lead­er­ship. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency is the low hang­ing fruit of a green en­ergy econ­omy. The in­vest­ments in pub­lic and pri­vate build­ings an­nounced to­day cre­ate a win-win-win: good jobs will be cre­ated; tax­payer dol­lars will be saved; and car­bon emis­sions will be re­duced. Congress should fol­low the Pres­i­dent’s lead and pro­vide in­cen­tives for Amer­i­can busi­nesses and home­own­ers to make smart in­vest­ments that will help re­vive the econ­omy and pro­tect the environment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

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