Bill includes billions for plug-in batteries, renewable energy and weatherization 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), who chairs key energy and global warming panels in the House, praised the stimulus package released today for its robust funding of smart energy policies that will create jobs and set a path for long-term growth of the American economy. Chairman Markey held a hearing today on the job growth potential from the economic stimulus package, specifically “Green Jobs” from the energy and environment sector.

For years Chairman Markey has pushed for increased action to support clean energy programs, and has held multiple hearings in the Select Committee on plug-in hybrid technology, energy efficiency and weatherization programs, and the need to fully support America’s clean energy industries.

Below is the statement from Chairman Markey, which he delivered at today’s Select Committee hearing:

“This is a green and bold stimulus package that will help our economy and protect our environment,” Rep. Markey said.

“As some of you may know, the stimulus package was released earlier today. I, and the Select Committee, are pleased that many of the proposals we have discussed in multiple hearings over the last two years have been included.

“There are important incentives and innovative policies to support the wind industry, and billions in funding for a “Smart Grid” that will use internet technology to help deliver electricity to Americans in a smarter, more efficient manner.

“There is a sizeable investment in the batteries that will power the plug-in hybrid vehicles we will all one day drive, and ensure that the batteries will be produced here in America, so we’re not exchanging our dependence on Middle East oil for Southeast Asian batteries.

“We will provide $10 billion dollars for cities to become more energy efficient, and $6.2 billion to weatherize homes and buildings across America.”

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January 15, 2009

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