Statement by Reid Detchon, Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition
On the Senate vote on economic recovery legislation
February 10, 2009
"With the economy in free fall, no industry is hurting more than housing and construction. Skilled workers and contractors stand ready to get back to work. All they need now is a smart stimulus package that provides funds which reflect the scale of the challenges, and opportunities, at hand.
"The House-passed version recognizes that energy efficiency and weatherization programs provide the best opportunity for job growth and energy savings. Last night President Obama issued a strong statement of support for this approach. Regrettably, the version which passed the Senate today cuts the House funding nearly in half. Adopting the House figure in conference will put thousands more back to work, and deliver long-term savings to consumers."
About the Energy Future Coalition
The Energy Future Coalition is a broad-based, nonpartisan alliance that seeks to bridge the differences among business, labor, and environmental groups and identify energy policy options with broad political support. The coalition aims to bring about changes in U.S. energy policy to address the economic, security and environmental challenges related to the production and use of fossil fuels with a compelling new vision of the economic opportunities that will be created by the transition to a new energy economy.
Reid Detchon is Executive Director of the Climate and Energy program at the UN Foundation, in addition to his capacity as Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition.