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Climate Change Policy

Energy efficiency measures have been proven by many analyses to be the most cost-effective and fast-track way to address global climate change while reducing energy usage and more affordably expanding the use of renewable energy sources.  In the race to implement sound policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, energy efficiency should be the “first fuel” by mitigating the costs of addressing climate change while providing environmental, energy, and consumer benefits. 

The inclusion of specific energy efficiency policies in climate legislation is essential to realizing efficiency’s potential to reduce carbon emissions.  Utility energy efficiency targets, appliance and vehicle standards, building energy codes, and land use planning inducements should all be among the basic elements of any federal climate bill today.