The Wilderness Society Statement on Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness

May 8, 2013

Capitol Building - courtesy of the Library of Congress

The following statement from Dave Alberswerth, senior policy adviser for The Wilderness Society regards S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, being voted out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

 “The Wilderness Society is pleased that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has reported out of Committee S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, introduced by Senators Shaheen (N.H.) and Portman (Ohio). This bipartisan bill takes many common sense steps to increase our nation’s energy efficiency and in turn reduce our overall energy consumption.

“Energy efficiency is an important ingredient to protecting our public lands. Saving energy does truly save lands. In fact, a single large coal-fired power plant alone can consume roughly 23,000 acres – 1,000 acres for the physical plant, and another 22,000 acres for mining, waste disposal, transmission lines, rail spurs, and other needed infrastructure. Avoiding the need to build new energy facilities by scaling up energy efficiency programs is a no‐regrets, cost-effective solution to addressing America’s energy needs while protecting landscapes and the many services they provide. 

“This commonsense bill will constitute useful progress in moving our energy future forward and help save public lands in the process.”

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