Measure Would Create Clean-Energy Jobs, Save Americans Money, and Reduce Carbon Pollution
Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2009) – As the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) takes up the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act this week, a diverse coalition has come together to urge the EPW Committee to include an additional energy-efficiency measure that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, lower electricity costs for consumers and businesses, and reduce pollution that causes global warming. The coalition – consisting of nearly 200 business, labor, civil rights, and environmental groups including Green For All – has sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of EPW, to support the important provision that would require an investment in energy-efficiency equivalent to at least one-third the value of the allowance allocations given to electric utilities. According to recent analyses, the adoption of this energy-efficiency provision would help to:
- Generate $100 billion in electric-efficiency investments;
- Create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2020 in construction, energy service, building maintenance, and operations; and
- Reduce residential, commercial, and industrial energy bills by approximately $300 billion.