|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
APRIL 29, 2005
|CONTACT: American Solar Energy Society
Ken Bossong 202-293-2898 x.201; 301-588-4741
Bush Energy Proposals Reflect Badly Misplaced Priorities; Will Actually Worsen Imports, Climate Change, Economy, and Terrorism
WASHINGTON -- April 29 -- President Bush has outlined a series of recommendations for addressing the nation's worsening energy problems whose priorities are badly
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However, the President is correct to support efforts to further tap the potential of energy efficiency improvements throughout the economy - although he neglected to mention the single most needed measure: substantially higher fuel efficiency standards for cars, buses, and trucks.
A strong program of energy efficiency initiatives aimed at cars and trucks, appliances, buildings, and industry alone could - over time - wean the United States from most, and possibly all, of its energy imports -- far more quickly and at far lower costs to the economy, the environment, and the nation's security. Over the next 20 years, aggressive energy efficiency improvements could actually reduce national energy use by as much as 20% or more.
The President is also correct to acknowledge the opportunities offered by expanded use of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, biofuels, and renewably-based hydrogen - although he neglected to mention biomass, geothermal, hydro and other water power technologies.
Policies such as a Renewable Portfolio Standard, a Renewable Fuels Standard, transmission access reforms, production and investment tax incentives, uniform net metering standards, and increased budgetary support could greatly increase the share of the nation's energy derived from the cross-section of renewable energy technologies. Over the next two decades, it is possible to at least double the energy now provided by renewable sources so that they meet 20% or more of the nation's energy needs.
Moreover, a national policy based on investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would generate tens of thousands of high-quality domestic jobs and businesses while improving the environment, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the trade deficit, enhancing transmission grid reliability, safeguarding public health, and increasing national security.
Unfortunately, the Administration's proposed funding levels and other policies to support these and other sustainable energy technologies pale in comparison to what it is advancing for fossil fuels and nuclear power. In fact, the White House is now seeking to cut the federal budget for most energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Moreover, the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy will not be realized if the nation invests its limited resources in the wrong-headed, unfocused, and unbalanced approach outlined by the President.
Therefore, the President's proposals to expand the nation's use of environmentally polluting and expensive nuclear power and fossil fuels, or to drill, dig and burn its way out of its energy problems should be rejected.
AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY ** BOB LAWRENCE & ASSOCIATES ** COLORADO