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Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate is set to vote on a bipartisan bill that would spur innovation and growth in the energy efficiency sector. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392), sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is projected to create 136,000 new jobs by 2025. It would slash carbon pollution and other air pollutants equivalent to taking 22 million cars off the road. In addition, the bill would save consumers $13.7 billion in energy costs. However, a number of “poison pill” amendments by climate deniers in the Senate threaten to undercut these goals.
Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
We can’t afford to ignore the threat of climate change. Last year’s storms, fires, floods and drought cost our country nearly $140 billion. As we saw with Katrina and Sandy, when disaster strikes, those with the fewest resources have a harder time escaping, surviving, and recovering.
We have an economic imperative and a moral obligation to do everything in our power to slash the carbon pollution that causes climate change.
Energy efficiency offers one of the best ways to address climate change. It also offers a great way to create local, secure, American jobs and revive our manufacturing sector.
Americans overwhelmingly support measures to save energy, cut pollution, and protect our communities. The Senate should, too.