Secretary of Energy: Earth Day Means Tackling Energy
In recognition of Earth Day, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu issued a statement today:
Forty years ago this week, America celebrated the first Earth Day. Because of the leadership of that generation, we have made remarkable progress in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink and in protecting our natural resources.
Today, we are driven by new challenges. America is deeply dependent on foreign oil. Our climate is changing as a result of our carbon emissions, and in order to mitigate the considerable risks of climate change, the world must transition to a sustainable energy future. This will require nothing short of a new industrial revolution. America’s future prosperity may well depend on whether we lead or follow in the new industrial revolution.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this Administration has made a historic investment in clean energy and the jobs of the future. Just yesterday, we announced awards for innovative new efforts to bring home energy efficiency “tune-ups” to the doorsteps of the American people. You can find the details here — http://www.energy.gov/news/8870.htm
We’re off to a strong start, but solving the energy and climate challenge is going to take all of us doing our part, and I look forward to your questions today.
The link mentioned in Chu’s statement refers to the press release issued yesterday by the Department of Energy announcing that 25 communities will share in $452 M under the “Retrofit Ramp Up” (RRU) section of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). RRU is the portion of ARRA dedicated toward making commercial and residential buildings more energy efficient.
“For forty years, Earth Day has focused on transforming the way we use energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuel – but this year, because of the historic clean energy investments in the Recovery Act, we’re poised to make greater strides than ever in building a nationwide clean energy economy,” said Vice President Biden. “This investment in some of the most innovative energy-efficiency projects across the country will not only help homeowners and businesses make cost-cutting retrofit improvements, but also create jobs right here in America.”
“This initiative will help overcome the barriers to making energy efficiency easy and accessible to all – inconvenience, lack of information, and lack of financing,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, we will make our communities more energy efficient and help families save money. At the same time, we’ll create thousands of jobs and strengthen our economy.”
In addition to disbursements made pursuant to ARRA, the 25 rebuilding projects will further be supported by an additional $2.8B in leveraged money.