Thursday, March 26, 2009
A bipartisan group of eight senators have introduced a bill aimed at renewing America’s industrial sector by using less energy, reducing carbon emissions and producing the technologies that will help the U.S. and the world reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
S. 661, the “Restoring America’s Manufacturing Leadership through Energy Efficiency Act of 2009”, is sponsored by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mark Pryor (D-AR).
“Our country is struggling with some of the toughest economic challenges that most of us have ever seen, said Senator Bingaman. "This bill will help renew our nation’s industrial base into one that is more productive and less reliant on fuels of the past.”
“We need to cut carbon, not jobs,” said Senator Murkowski. “This bill will allow companies to improve their energy efficiency without hurting their bottom line. By spurring innovation in new energy efficient technologies, we hope to save manufacturing jobs, create new growth in the industry and move toward a cleaner energy future."
S. 661 outlines steps toward revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing base by increasing energy productivity including:
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