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Markey Applauds Obama Lighting Standards and Efficiency Move


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Markey: Obama Lighting Standards, Waxman-Markey Combine to Create Historic Energy Week

Markey, Author of Original Appliance Standard Legislation and Co-author of Waxman-Markey, Says Massive Political Shift on Energy Is Underway

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2009) – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who chairs key energy panels in the House and is the co-author of the clean energy incentives legislation that passed the House on Friday, as well as the author of the original 1987 legislation that established mandatory nationwide appliance efficiency standards, hailed today’s move by President Barack Obama to finalize energy efficiency standards for light bulbs and lighting systems, invest in building efficiency and press for quick Senate action on energy and global warming legislation.

“Passing Waxman-Markey late Friday, and the president’s announcement on lighting standards and building efficiency on Monday means that in just one weekend America has made historic strides moving towards a more efficient, clean energy future,” Rep. Markey said today, noting that the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House last week included a national energy efficiency standard and updates to efficiency standards for buildings, lighting systems, and appliances.

“Today’s move by the president shows that this administration is committed to transforming our nation's energy economy towards a much greater emphasis on energy efficiency.

“We are seeing new momentum from both Congress and the administration on clean energy, global warming, fuel economy and energy efficiency. President Obama recognizes that if we want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we need to do more to make ourselves more energy efficient and provide the incentives needed to develop clean energy technologies.

“President Obama recognizes this historical moment, and with his leadership, we will unleash a new clean energy revolution in America that will create millions of new jobs.”

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