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Enviro-Mich message from Vicki Levengood <vlevengood@voyager.net>
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* * * * * FUNDING CUTS THREATEN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS * * * * *


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT for the Fox-Skaggs Energy Efficiency Amendment to
the House Interior bill to restore funding for energy efficiency
programs.

July 16th vote expected on Fox-Skaggs Amendement. 

The FY99 House Interior Appropriations bill cuts energy efficiency
funding $25 million below FY98 and $200 million below the President's
request. These cuts will undermine DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy's ability to develop new energy efficiency
technologies, to work with the private sector to deploy that technology,
and to foster energy efficiency activities in the states.   

Representatives Jon Fox (R-PA) and David Skaggs (D-CO), and several
other members, will be offering a bi-partisan amendment to restore these
critical funds. The Interior bill is expected to come to the House floor
on July 16. 

Contact your Representatives; urge colleagues and members of your
association to contact their Representatives -- ask them to cosponsor
and support the Fox-Skaggs Energy Efficiency Amendment to the Interior
Appropriations bill. 

Tell them:
Energy efficiency is the foundation of sound national energy policy.
The cost of foreign oil is low at the pump, but the cost to the nation
is high. The U.S. imports more than 50% of its oil. Former CIA Director
James Woolsey noted recently that "the security of the United States and
the global economy is put seriously at risk by the world's growing
dependence on imported oil..." Investments in energy efficiency
technologies reduce energy consumption and reduce the security threat
created by our dependence on imported energy.
 

Energy efficiency programs are wise government investments.
Earlier this year, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology (PCAST) reported that R&D investments in energy efficiency
are the most cost-effective way to simultaneously reduce the risks of
climate change, oil import interruption, and regional air pollution, and
to improve the productivity of the economy. The PCAST report estimates
the benefit to the U.S. economy of the broad range of energy efficiency
measures we have employed at over $150 billion per year.  

Energy efficiency is a cost-effective approach to protecting
theenvironment.
Energy production and use are major contributors to air pollution.
Development and deployment of energy efficiency technologies directly
enhance environmental quality and reduce emissions of multiple
pollutants, including sulfur dioxide, particulates, and NOx. While
energy efficiency also reduces greenhouse gases, these established
programs were generating economic and environmental benefits long before
the Kyoto Protocol was conceived. Continued funding of energy efficiency
IS NOT "back-door implementation" of the Kyoto Protocol. 


Call or write to your Representative today; urge him/her to cosponsor
and support the Fox Energy Efficiency Amendment to the Interior
Appropriations bill on July 16.

Ask for your Representative at the Capitol Hill Switchboard:
202/224-3121


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