Tell Obama's Energy Czar to Support Renewable Energy

| 12/16/2008 2:42:51 PM

The recent announcements of President-elect Barack Obama’s new energy policy team provides opportunities for citizens to voice their support for renewable energy before the team even enters the White House in January.

The Apollo Alliance wasted little time after Obama announced who would fill his energy cabinet positions.

Phil Angelides, chairman of the Apollo Alliance, urged people to show their support for the Apollo Economic Recovery Act by contacting Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Carol Browner.

“We’ve got to make sure Browner knows thousands of people are counting on her to prevail over Big Oil’s powerful lobby,” Angelides said in an e-mail. “So in the coming days, we’ll flood her office with a chorus of supportive voices pushing for clean energy and good jobs.”

The Apollo Alliance proposed The Apollo Economic Recovery Act earlier this month. It is an economic recovery plan that encourages government to invest in green technology to create 650,000 green-collar jobs across the country. The stimulus plan costs $50 billion and aims to end the nation’s reliance on foreign oil by improving energy efficiency of building, increasing clean energy tax credits, expanding home weatherization programs, modernizing the transmission grid, increasing investments in rapid transit and repairing roads and bridges.

The Act has similarities to proposals made by Obama and the new members of his energy team.

John Lamke
1/6/2009 10:40:27 AM

One way we could help the auto industry is to require the oil industry to help fund the transformation to higher efficiancy standards. Give the oil and auto companies a reasonable time frame to meet these higher standards or face a stiff tax increase on oil and gas products and automobiles. I'm sure they will want to continue to sell as much of their product as possible to Americans and will see the wisdom of helping out the industry they are dependent on. They need to help each other and this will put the consumer back into the drivers seat. We must insist on better products from these industries or we won't see the improvements our planet needs.

John Edward Mercier
12/21/2008 4:29:31 PM

I suspect with the recent auto bail out being announced that we should expect more of the same with a little gift wrapping. I feel much more of the 'investment' will go to the road and bridges... with much less to the reduction through efficiency of buildings and mass transit. Energy conservation is of course much less glamorous than new production.

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