Twenty-Five Groups Urge EPA on Renewables

In a letter delivered to the office of Mike Leavitt, newly-installed Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, twenty-five member groups of the Sustainable Energy Coalition called upon him to greatly expand the agency’s sustainable energy programs.

Washington D.C. – December 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Since most of our environmental problems are caused by our energy use, the role played by the EPA in aggressively reducing pollution in every sector is critical,” according to the signers. “[Consequently,] a number of [EPA’s] energy-related initiatives … should not only be continued but strengthened and expanded.” Notably, the letter urged that the EPA seek to establish its Energy Star program as a separate line-item within the EPA budget and “propose annual funding increases of 10 percent beginning in 2005 and continuing through 2008.” It also encourages the EPA “to actively implement the Combined Heat and Power Partnership” while recommending that “the Smart Travel Resource Center and the annual publication of the Fuel Economy Guide data for new automobiles … likewise be continued but supplemented by new efforts to substantially curb transportation fuel use.” The letter’s signers called upon EPA “to examine new opportunities through which EPA can promote the cross-section of renewable energy technologies in addition to its current Renewable Energy Modeling Series and the Green Power Partnership [such as] using renewable energy in all EPA facilities, employing biomass-based phytoremediation technologies for waste clean-up, and clearing the way for 22 percent ethanol automotive blends to help address evaporative emissions concerns.” Finally, the groups urged Administrator Leavitt to “take the lead in designing and helping to implement a more ambitious goal for the administration’s carbon intensity policy, which, in its current configuration, will likely allow actual emissions to increase by 14 percent over the next decade.”
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