A contractors association in the United States has endorsed the federal government’s proposal to encourage research into alternative and renewable energy resources.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-05 [SolarAccess.com] A contractors association in the United States has endorsed the federal government’s proposal to encourage research into alternative and renewable energy resources. The Associated Builders & Contractors has formally back the National Energy Policy recently advanced by President George Bush. The vote by the national board of directors emphasizes the need to ensure that all federally funded construction of new energy-related projects be built through full and open competition. The group opposes union-only project labor agreements as costly, discriminatory and unfair to the American taxpayer. “ABC strongly supports President Bush’s national energy policy,” explains president Henry Kelly. “ABC believes that the Bush energy plan will provide profound benefits for the American consumer and that the proposed construction of 1,300 to 1,900 new power plants over the next 20 years will be a tremendous opportunity for the construction industry.” Other aspects of the National Energy Policy that were supported by ABC include research into renewable energy resources and the formulation of an energy impact statement for every regulatory action that could “significantly and adversely” impact energy supplies, distribution or use. The group supports the executive order for federal agencies to expedite permits for power plants and power lines and to construct a natural gas pipeline from Alaska’s North Slope. It supports an expansion of nuclear power through plant upgrades and a streamlining of the licensing process for nuclear reactors. “The Bush energy policy is the right solution for the energy challenges facing our nation,” adds Kelly. “ABC contractors support the President’s policy and will help to provide America with safe, economical and state-of-the-art power production facilities.” The federal administration estimates that each new power plant will create 1,000 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs, and each 1,000 miles of pipeline will create 5,000 new jobs. ABC represents 23,000 construction firms in 82 chapters across the U.S.