Congress Should Pass Consensus Energy-Efficiency Measures – Not Hold Them Hostage to Bogged-Down Energy Bill, Says Alliance to Save Energy

Release Date: Thursday, April 29, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Congress should pass bipartisan energy efficiency provisions long agreed to by the House and Senate, rather than continue to hold them hostage to an endless debate on comprehensive energy legislation, the Alliance to Save Energy said today. Today two procedural votes that could have allowed energy measures to move forward in the Senate failed, leaving the fate of comprehensive energy legislation in the 108th Congress still undetermined.

“Record-high gasoline prices have consumers focused on energy. Members of Congress risk retribution by voters seeking relief from high pump prices and utility bills if they continue to fail to close debate and enact meaningful legislation to address our national energy needs,” stated Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.

She added, “Congress should act immediately on the many and important measures where broad consensus for passage exits, including new energy-efficiency appliance standards, increased energy savings by the federal government, and energy efficiency tax incentives. These important policies have been in limbo for the entire 108th Congress; and every day that these measures languish represents another lost opportunity to begin saving energy, saving taxpayer dollars, protecting the environment, and reducing US dependence on foreign oil.

“The American people are beginning to recognize that we cannot simply dig and drill our way out of high energy prices and shortages of key fuels like natural gas,” Callahan continued. “They are looking to Congress for meaningful leadership and sound public policy that will harness energy efficiency – the quickest, cleanest, cheapest way to extend our nation’s energy supplies. We hope that Congress responds.”