Help Save Federal Energy Efficiency Programs from Drastic Cuts
Dear Energy Efficiency Advocates,
It’s déjà vu all over again: The federal budget proposed by the Trump administration would gut or eliminate federal energy efficiency programs, and we need your help to defend them.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) where most efficiency programs are housed would see its funding cut by 67 percent, which would have a catastrophic effect on the critical work being done to improve energy efficiency. Programs like minimum efficiency standards for household appliances – which are among the most powerful tools we have for reducing energy use and resulting carbon emissions – are at severe risk. Among the programs proposed for complete elimination are the Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income households improve their efficiency, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), which advances innovation in energy technologies through scientific research and development.
These initiatives benefit every American by creating jobs, saving consumers money and strengthening our energy security. And by ensuring that we’re using energy resources as wisely as possible, they are among our most important programs for reducing carbon emissions and addressing the threats of climate change.
Fortunately, the administration’s budget is just a proposal. Congress writes actual spending bills, and members of Congress need to hear from you to understand how important these programs are to American businesses and consumers. Please consider showing your support by submitting a letter to your Congressional delegation. We’ve made it easy for you: simply fill out the information below and you will be taken to a pre-drafted letter, which you are free to edit as you wish (or leave as-is) and submit electronically to your U.S. senators and representative. It takes just a few minutes.
As always, we sincerely appreciate your support as we work to protect these crucial programs.