Target: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee and Chairman Al Franken (D-MN)
Goal: Continue to mandate elimination of fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2030.
Recently, two senators introduced the All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013 as a potential rider to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, a bipartisan energy efficiency bill. The new rider is viewed by supporters in the natural gas industry such as the American Gas Association (AGA) as a “replacement for the component of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) requiring the phase out of fossil fuels in federal buildings by 2030 – Section 433.”
However, while the rider expands provisions for energy conservation in federal buildings to mandate a 45 reduction in energy use by 2020, it cannot be seen as a replacement for Section 433 of the EISA, which advocates of the rider call “not workable” or economically feasible as written. These supporters have made clear that their concern first and foremost is their bottom line and therefore expanding the use of fossil fuels, rather than embracing a green perspective and advocating for a transition to truly clean alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar power.
By signing this petition, you are making clear to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee that clean energy alternatives should be prioritized over the capitalistic interests of the gas and coal industries. Encouraging companies to invest in developing alternative energy sources by enforcing the reduction of fossil fuel use is a step in the right direction toward true innovation and long-term sustainable economic policy.
Dear Chairman Franken,
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 represents a bipartisan effort to create energy efficiency goals for federal buildings, and I would like to applaud that step toward a sustainable economy. However, the proposed amendment to the bill, the All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013, counteracts this spirit of sustainability by attempting to replace a process of eliminating fossil fuel use with a mere reduction in energy use. This bill represents an obstacle for incentivizing the development and implementation of clean alternative energy sources, rather than a long-term economic solution.
I am calling on you to defend Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which the rider would repeal, and to support the reduction and eventual eradication of fossil fuel use in federal buildings. I urge you and your committee to acknowledge the importance of transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy alternatives, and to maintain the integrity of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act’s original focus on expanding green initiatives and energy efficiency in federal building codes. The truly long-term economic solution involves sustainable energy policy and encourages innovation in the realm of energy alternatives.
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