Rep. Kind Votes to Send Landmark Energy Bill to President's Desk
Energy Independence and Security Act Strengthens National Security,
Combats Global Warming, Lowers Energy Costs, Creates Jobs
Washington, D.C. -U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today joined a majority in the House in voting to send landmark energy reform legislation to the President's desk. The President is expected to sign the bill.
"Our dependence on imported foreign oil represents a clear and present danger to the security of our country," Rep. Kind said. "This bill forges a new direction in energy security - one focusing on reducing our dependence on foreign oil, combating global warming, increasing energy efficiency, and creating new jobs. The time is long overdue for the United States to take the lead on renewable energy, and this bill takes the first big step in getting us there."
The Energy Independence and Security Act establishes new fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years, requiring 35 miles per gallon in 2020. This will save American families up to $1,000 per year at the pump, and reduce greenhouse gases equal to taking off the road 28 million of today's average cars and trucks. In Wisconsin, this provision is expected to create 3,000 jobs through the development of new technologies and save families $393 million at the pump in 2020.
The bill also improves building, appliance, and lighting efficiency, including requiring the federal government to substitute energy-efficient lighting for incandescent bulbs and follow new "green" building standards for new construction. The new efficiencies will save $400 billion through 2030, and prevent 41 million tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.
"Whether it's using energy efficient light bulbs, weather-proofing windows, or driving more fuel-efficient cars - there are simple things we can all do that will go a long way," Rep. Kind added. "It is important for the U.S. government to lead the way in this effort, and likewise I encourage all Wisconsin families to try to identify ways to be more energy efficient. We have a long way to go to wean ourselves off of foreign oil and really address global warming - but it has to start somewhere, and this energy bill is that start."