WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the grip OPEC has held over the nations oil supply, affecting many hvac contractors and their customers, David Nemtzow, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, announced proposals designed to curb the energy crisis.
“The cause for the steep price increases is basic Economics 101 — demand is greater than supply,” he said. “We can easily and comfortably reduce demand and be less dependent on OPEC nations for oil by simply supporting and using energy efficient technologies that are available in the marketplace today.”
Nemtzow said that the nation has not learned the lessons of the 1970s, following the OPEC oil embargo, which prompted the founding of the Alliance to Save Energy by senators from both political parties.
“Today, OPEC is in the driver’s seat, and Congress has given them the keys,” he said. “Congress needs to take back those keys through Congressional action on the following:Enact tax incentives for consumers and business for energy-efficiency measures and purchases of energy-efficient homes, appliances, products, and vehicles;Pass legislation requiring more fuel-efficient vehicles (cars, SUVs, light trucks). There is ‘more oil in Detroit than OPEC,’ and there is no reason that SUVs and light trucks are so inefficient and cost consumers so much to drive;Increase federal investment in research, development, and deployment of energy-efficient technologies as appropriations measures are before Congress now; andCreate public benefits funding for energy-efficiency in all state and federal electricity deregulation legislation to reduce the risk of electricity reliability problems as we saw in California this summer.”
Whether or not the Alliance’s proposals will be implemented is yet to be determined, but some here are giving the ideas serious consideration. At this point, however, implementation has little support in Congress and has not been addressed by car manufacturers or senators.
Publication date: 10/02/2000