Shahenn-Portman Energy Bill Stalls

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The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act is intended to spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the economy.

According to a new study, Shaheen-Portman is estimated to create 136,000 new jobs by 2025. By 2030, the bill will also net annual savings of $13.7 billion and lower CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road.

Senators finally took up the major energy bill for the first time in six years on Wednesday, calling the bipartisan measure a shining example of how the world’s greatest deliberative body should operate. But within hours,  partisan squabbling was threatening to kill it. Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he may have to pull the energy-efficiency bill off the floor.

“We’ll work on matters to craft a way forward on this bill, perhaps, or we may have to take the bill down,” Reid said.

One amendment filed to Shaheen-Portman by Sen. Tom Coburn would encourage federal employees to turn off lights at the end of the day and instruct DOE to issue guidelines on reducing energy costs.

To learn more about the bill, follow this link.

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