May 9, 201304:03 PMPoint of View
Political Hardball: Part 2 Updated
The accompanying graph shows where energy consumption for the building sector is headed, and why the American Gas Association is working so hard to snatch environmental defeat from the jaws of impending victory.
We received some good news from Washington today, via the AIA, which issued a strongly worded press release praising the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for approving the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.
The proposed law would encourage energy efficiency throughout the built environment. In a not-so-veiled reference to Section 433, the AIA goes onto to say: “We are also pleased that the bill keeps energy requirements as they pertain to new federal buildings.”
The reason this isn’t great news is simple: Section 433 is still not safe from oil company meddling. According to congressional sources, when the proposed bill reaches the Senate floor, Senator John Hoeven (a Republican from North Dakota) may introduce an amendment that would weaken or eliminate Section 433. Or, failing that, he may introduce separate legislation aimed at gutting or killing Section 433.