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Balancing Economic Growth and the Environment

Wed, 2010-08-11 12:03

Some economists predict that during this year, China will surpass Japan to become the second largest economy on earth, behind only the United States. While China continues to propel itself forward in technological and infrastructure advances, they have faced a series or recent natural disaters that some economists beleive are deadly, man-made consequences of favoring economic growth over environemtal protection.

Air Force Using Solar Energy

Mon, 2010-08-09 13:22

Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada

On April 23 2007, Nellis Air Force base broke ground on the costruction on what was to be North America's largest solar photovaoltaic power system. This represents the cutting edge of solar power technology as is a perfect example of our armed services working to leave a more sustainable, environmentally friendly footprint.

LEED Certified Naval Hanger

Mon, 2010-08-09 11:18

Naval Air Station: Jacksonville, Florida

Think about how big a football field is. Think about constructing a building three football fields long and almost one football field wide. If this weren’t challenging enough, suppose it had to have two, 450-ft-long unobstructed openings—and the building interior had to accommodate several different types of aircraft and the entire project had to be environmentally friendly. Such a project can be summed up in two words: Hangar 511.

Update on HOME STAR

Mon, 2010-08-09 10:11

Dear Everblue,

Recently we updated you on HOME STAR's inclusion in the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010. It was a huge step forward in our campaign to get HOME STAR passed.

The bill is being delayed over issues unrelated to HOME STAR -- senators have not been able to agree on language for the oil spill provisions in the legislation. Yesterday, Majority Leader Reid announced that the bill will not be voted on this week. Instead, senators will focus primarily on the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagen. That means a Senate vote on HOME STAR will not happen until after Labor Day, when Congress comes back from its summer recess.

Letter from Senator Kay Hagan

Thu, 2010-08-05 17:08

August 5, 2010
Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (S.3177/S.3434/H.R.5019). I greatly appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (S. 3177) was originally introduced in the Senate on March 25, 2010. A revised version of the legislation (S. 3434) was introduced in the Senate on May 27, 2010, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance for further review.

Latest News on the Energy Bill

Thu, 2010-08-05 11:43

In an effort to keep you updated on the status of all things related to green energy, sustainability, and the proposed Energy Bill in the senate, here is the latest news on the subject:

Reid Plans Cloture Votes on Dueling Energy Bills This Week

The Senate this week will hold test votes on competing Democratic and Republican energy bills, Majority Leader Harry Reid said today, but neither measure is expected to pass before senators leave for a monthlong recess.

Veterans Options for Education Funding

Wed, 2010-08-04 15:55

Providing Jobs for our Nations Veterans

Job training often gets overlooked as a key asset to finding employment. But veterans, especially those with service-related disabilities, value the training available to them courtesy of the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs.

HOME STAR Legislation Delayed

Wed, 2010-08-04 11:54

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that he will postpone a vote on the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 until after the August recess. Reid told reporters that the scaled-down energy bill, which includes the proposed HOME STAR retrofit incentive and financing program, lacks enough votes to pass this week.

Heres how Politico summed up the situation:

Home Star Energy Bill Update

Wed, 2010-08-04 10:52

Senate Energy Bill Timeline

The Senate will likely vote in the coming days to end debate on both the Republican and Democratic proposals for an energy bill. The Democrats bill, the Clean Energy Jobs & Oil Company Accountability Act, was introduced last week by Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and contains the Home Star program. Each side will need 60 votes to end debate on their bill, and if that is secured, the Senate will then need to vote to pass the bill.

Home Star Now $5 Billion For Energy Retrofits

Mon, 2010-08-02 16:31

Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI, provided an update on the state of the Home Star program which is currently in the Senate. If you have not been following the Home Star program, you should know that the program now sites at $5 Billion in funding for residential energy retrofits. This bill is a residential construction and green energy jobs bill aimed at improving our country’s energy efficiency. The bill calls for two levels of incentives: Silver and Gold.

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