Energy Alliance Criticizes Proposed U.S. Budget

The U.S. government should invest more heavily in energy efficiency, not cut programs as President George Bush proposes, says the Alliance to Save Energy.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-04-19 <> “The Administration’s proposal to cut energy efficiency R&D and related spending by 20 percent could not come at a worst time for American consumers and businesses,” says ASE president David Nemtzow. “Faced with sky- high heating bills, increased gasoline prices, and new prospects for electricity shortages, the nation needs to invest more heavily in energy efficiency, which remains the cheapest, quickest and cleanest way to lessen energy problems and extend energy supplies.” The group supports the proposal to increase funding for low-income weatherization by $120 million, but warns that if proposed cuts in renewable energy and energy efficiency are passed, “efficiency programs that currently save consumers more than $25 billion each year, lessen oil imports, and prevent the emission of millions of tons of pollution would be gravely threatened.” “Specifically, the Administration is targeting the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy research,” he explains. “A responsible and realistic energy plan is one that addresses needs for new energy supplies with decreasing energy demand.” “Energy efficiency must be the cornerstone of any energy budget and of any successful energy strategy,” says Nemtzow. “Now more than ever, the nation needs balance to help us through our energy problems.”

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