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Email Your Senator to Oppose the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

Next week, the Senate is likely to consider the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 2262). Introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 2% and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 30% it claims to promote energy savings in industrial and commercial buildings. The bill provides taxpayer-funded federal incentives to make building and manufacturing processes more efficient, but these “incentives” would burden taxpayers and consumers alike while producing no tangible benefits. They are also duplicative of federal and state efforts.

This inappropriate intervention comes in the form of ‘voluntary’ federal mandates and taxpayer funded subsidies for energy efficiency updates in state government and tribal buildings. Specifically, Heritage notes, “The bill authorizes $200 million of taxpayer money to “incentivize and assist” states and tribal groups to meet allegedly voluntary building codes.”

As Heritage notes, only the free-market has been proven to decrease costs and increase efficiency in energy production. The federal government’s role in energy efficiency should be limited to providing information to consumers make well-informed decisions. This legislation allows the government to overstep its boundaries.

Use the POPVOX form below and tell your Senators that the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill is bad policy and should be opposed.

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2 thoughts on “Email Your Senator to Oppose the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

  1. Our government passes so many bills, with unseen ramifications. This bill will only benefit the government, and do nothing to better we tax payers. Without us the government would starve it’s self! I am a registered American voter and I vote!

  2. “As Heritage notes, only the free-market has been proven to decrease costs and increase efficiency in energy production.”

    I certainly see the point here. However, large however, I remember from Econ. 101 in college that there are certain conditions for a true free-market. The problem is that these are very lacking when it comes to the consumer housing market. Yes, this sounds incredible. I find it incredible since it is the largest purchase that most people will make in their lifetime and yet they are very uninformed about it. Not only are they poorly informed but they have little choice since most builders will install the least efficient HVAC system that the law will allow. Probably do a poor job installing it. The house will probably not be well insulated and what insulation it has will be poorly installed.

    I find it difficult do determine just exactly what the free-market solution to these problems would be. Even if the purchaser of a house was well informed, it almost looks like they would need to hire their own private building inspector and the builder would have to agree that the private inspector would have the authority to stop work until defects could be fixed. Why would a builder agree to that when many people don’t care and are willing to accept a poorly insulated home.

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