A U.S. coalition will launch a campaign to explain why the country’s energy program should include more reliance on renewable energy.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-07-24 [SolarAccess.com] A U.S. coalition will launch a campaign to explain why the country’s energy program should include more reliance on renewable energy. “This Administration is peddling the short-sighted energy plan as vital to the survival of our economy; this couldn’t be further from the truth,” says Susanna Drayne of the Sustainable Energy Coalition. “A key component of economic growth is investment in technologies that will generate jobs without degrading the environment.” President George Bush and his officials have started to tour the United States to build support for initiatives in the national energy program. Drayne says the program encourages oil drilling and little for renewable energy and energy efficiency. “This plan is unbalanced and out of step with the American public, which may explain why the Administration is scrambling so hard to sell it.” “Slashing investment in clean energy at this point is not only self-defeating, it’s irrational,” she says. “Faced with the nation’s current immediate energy needs and worsening global warming, now is not the time for the Administration to cut funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.” Building new power plants and drilling for oil will not solve the energy problems because they will take years before they yield energy, explains Drayne.