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Sustainable Energy Coalition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 14, 2006
2:07 PM

CONTACT: Sustainable Energy Coalition
Ken Bossong 202-293-2898, x.20

 
80 Members of Congress Seek Higher Sustainable Energy Funding
 

WASHINGTON - December 14 - Notwithstanding the frenzy of last-minute legislation before adjoining for the year, 80 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives took time to send a letter to President Bush this week seeking substantially higher funding levels for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the White House's Fiscal Year 2008 (FY'08) budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Circulated by Representatives Mark Udall (D-CO) and Zach Wamp (R-TN), the letter notes that "renewable energy and energy efficiency can have the most immediate and longest lasting positive effect on energy availability, stable prices, and greenhouse gas emissions." Consequently, it urges the Administration to "develop a request that fully funds the renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies at the levels authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005."

In particular, the letter calls for full funding of the advanced hydropower program and geothermal power programs as well as the biomass/biofuels, wind, and solar programs in addition to the buildings, industry, and vehicles efficiency programs.

The signers conclude that "a budget request that fully funds the range of federal sustainable energy programs will go a long way toward meeting the nation's goals of reducing energy imports and controlling energy prices while also improving the economy, national and homeland security, and the environment and public health."

The full text of the letter and list of signers follows.

December 8, 2006

President George Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

You have noted on multiple occasions the important role to be played by renewable energy and energy efficiency in meeting the nation's future energy needs.

We share your view.

Additionally, the last two years have starkly highlighted the adverse impacts posed by our nation's reliance on vulnerable energy resources. Here again, renewable energy and energy efficiency can have the most immediate and longest lasting positive effect on energy availability, stable prices, and greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, as your Administration develops its Fiscal Year 2008 budget request, we urge you to use this opportunity to put your words into action.

In particular, we recommend that you develop a request that fully funds the renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies at the levels authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Likewise, we urge that the Renewable Energy Production Incentive program be fully funded. Immediate and enhanced attention to these efforts to reduce our demand on fossil fuels such as natural gas and petroleum are our nation's best means of addressing a secure energy future.

For this reason, we also recommend that you continue to support the core programs that have historically been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. These would include the advanced hydropower program and geothermal power programs as well as the biomass/biofuels, wind, and solar programs in addition to the buildings, industry, and vehicles efficiency programs.

A budget request that fully funds the range of federal sustainable energy programs will go a long way toward meeting the nation's goals of reducing energy imports and controlling energy prices while also improving the economy, national and homeland security, and the environment and public health.

We look forward to working with you on this important endeavor.

Sincerely,

(Representatives) Mark Udall
Zach Wamp
Stephanie Herseth
Mike Doyle
Carolyn McCarthy
Stephen Lynch
Mike Thompson
Brian Higgins
Bob Inglis
Albert Wynn
Rick Larsen
Shelley Berkley
Adam Schiff
Mike Ross
Jim Langevin
Frank Wolf
Dennis Rehberg
Zoe Lofgren
Jim McGovern
John Lewis
Jay Inslee
Luis Fortuno
Chris Shays
Raul Grijalva
Dennis Moore
Betty McCollum
Tammy Baldwin
Ron Kind
Michael Honda
Dennis Kucinich
Rush Holt
Sam Graves
Jim McDermott
Tim Bishop
Lois Capps
Leonard Boswell
Tom Allen
John Salazar
Chris Van Hollen
Diana DeGette
Jim Costa
Earl Pomeroy
Lee Terry
Daniel Lipinski
Maurice Hinchey
Tom Lantos
Peter DeFazio
Ike Skelton
Mike McNulty
Roscoe Bartlett
Barney Frank
Sander Levin
Gene Green
Wayne Gilchrest
Doris Matsui
Sheila Jackson-Lee
Dale Kildee
Melvin Watt
Lynn Woolsey
Richard Neal
Earl Blumenauer
Rosa DeLauro
Howard Berman
JoAnn Emerson
Elijah Cummings
John McHugh
Louise Slaughter
Carolyn Maloney Darlene Hooley
James Walsh
Duncan Hunter
Jim Moran
Adam Smith
Brian Baird
Lane Evans
Frank Pallone
Jon Porter
Donald Payne
Bill Pascrell
Jeff Fortenberry

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