You might have seen some of the new solid-state lights if you've been to
This is progress, driven by basic research and science--the kind of investments that have made our nation great.
The Shaheen-Portman bill will spur the use of energy efficiency technologies, like these, where we all live and work. And in turn, we will lower utility bills for consumers and save taxpayer dollars.
Furthermore, this bipartisan bill will strengthen U.S. competitiveness by stimulating significant research and development investments in manufacturing innovation and productivity.
Investing in energy efficiency is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways we can grow our economy. It's estimated that this measure alone would create 136,000 new jobs by 2025. By 2030, the bill would net annual savings of
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Through American ingenuity, we can slow the effects of climate change and unleash the full potential of cleaner homegrown energy, creating a more stable, healthier nation for future generation of Americans.
So instead of transforming the debate on energy efficiency into another tired battle over Obamacare, I would urge my colleagues to embrace the fact that this bill represents the culmination of years of bipartisan work to craft a smart, effective energy bill with a very good chance of becoming law.
Now, I know when I go home and I've talked to many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, one of the things that we hear the most right now is "Why can't you guys just get something done? Why can't you work on something together?"
This is an opportunity to show that we can still legislate, that we can come together on the things that we agree on, even while agreeing to disagree on many other issues.
Again, I want to thank Senator Shaheen and Senator Portman for working so tirelessly on this bill. I want to thank the Chair and Ranking Member of the Energy Committee for making it a priority and for all the senators in that committee who worked together on both sides of the aisle to see this move forward. I hope that as a senate, we will seize this opportunity.
And I would yield back my time.
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