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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

This is an archived version of the committee's website, where the public, students and the media can continue to access and learn from our work.

H.R. 1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

For a PDF of this document, please CLICK HERE.
For the Speaker's page on the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, please CLICK HERE.

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create 4 MILLION JOBS ...

... An estimated 500,000 of these will be green jobs that put Americans to work in renewable energy and efficiency-related jobs that reduce our dependence on foreign oil, cut pollution and save consumers and businesses money on energy bills.

The stimulus package represents a step toward re-powering America, doubling our renewable energy production and investing $69 billion in jobs that put shovels in the ground and windmills in the sky. It jump starts waste-cutting efficiency projects and invests in desperately needed advanced battery technologies to ensure the clean cars of tomorrow are built here at home.

The Select Committee held a hearing on the jobs potential of a green recovery package, featuring green jobs champion Van Jones. CLICK HERE to learn about the hearing and watch his testimony.

Here are some of the important GREEN RECOVERY items included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

Renewable Energy & Green Jobs
With a mixture of tax incentives, loan guarantees, deployment and research funding for WIND, SOLAR, GEOTHERMAL and other renewable projects, the recovery plan invests nearly $25 billion to put manufacturing workers into green jobs that help our economy and our planet.
Green Jobs Training
Building Clean Cars
To help get fuel efficient and alternative fuel cars built here in America, the recovery plan funds programs thta will help cars to get 35 mpg by 2020. This will save families money at the pump while eliminating the need for 4.1 million barrels of oil a day, nearly twice the amount of oil we currently import from the Persian Gulf. It also provides $2 billion in critical funding for advanced battery and clean car technology.
Average Yearly Family Gas Savings
Smart Grid & Transmission Modernization
The recovery plan puts shovels in the ground, building 3,000 miles of new transmission lines, and outfitting millions of homes with smart meters to cut energy waste and save money.
Efficiency Measures for Buildings and Appliances
Mayors from around the country have identified hudreds of money-saving energy efficiency projects which will receive a $10 billion investment from the recovery plan. Improving the efficiency of federal buildings alone will save taxpayers $2 billion a year.

$2 billion
early Taxpayer Savings

Weatherizing Homes
Weatherizing 5 million homes will save working families an average of $350 on their energy bills per year, cutting their costs by nearly one third. This $5 billion smart investment will generate 140,000 jobs.
Mass Transit
$16 billion invested into mass transit systems will create 300,000 jobs, reduce the amount of oil we import and minimize traffic congestion by taking cars off the highway.

For a PDF of this document, please CLICK HERE.
For the Speaker's page on the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, please CLICK HERE.

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