|Why we're supporting greater energy efficiency|
|Written by Wild Nevada|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:31|
The Nevada Wilderness Project joins a number of other environmental organizations in supporting passage of Senate Bill 1000.
Called the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act”, this legislation was introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee almost a year ago and awaits further movement within the Senate.
If enacted, it would institute a number of low-cost measures to promote greater energy efficiency within the nation. The resultant industry windfalls could generate the need for a high quality workforce. More information can be obtained from the Alliance to Save Energy’s website www.ase.org/efficiencynews .
The letter from the combined organizations asks for a vote from the full Senate. NWP and other environmental organizations have been supportive of the nation’s desire to increase the amount of energy produced by renewable sources: solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. Ultimately this campaign is focused upon reducing America’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The endeavor is laudable but is not meant to overshadow the campaign to reduce our electricity and fossil fuel demands. Although everyone can improve upon their personal energy spending budgets, this legislation seeks to influence electricity usage on a broader scale.