Statement by Reid Detchon, Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition On the energy components of President-elect Obama’s ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan’, touted today in Ohio:
“Buildings account for 70% of our electricity use, 33% of our natural gas use, and 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions. Retrofitting existing buildings – homes, businesses, and schools – will reduce energy consumption, save consumers money, and put America’s home builders and construction industry back to work.
“By investing in energy-efficient buildings, renewable energy, and modernizing the electric power grid, Congress is putting America on the path to a clean energy future that will create jobs and economic opportunity here at home, while reducing the emissions that are causing global warming.
“We have an electric power grid that uses 50-year-old technology that Thomas Edison would recognize, at a time when electricity is the backbone of the modern digital economy. We need to invest in upgrading the grid to make America more secure, to bring our renewable energy resources to market, and to give consumers new ways to save energy and save money.”
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