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Obama home energy efficiency program tries to make insulation 'sexy'

By Amy Gardner
With winter nearly here, President Obama traveled to a Home Depot in Alexandria this morning to tout his proposal that Congress set up incentives for consumers who retrofit their homes to save energy and reduce utility bills.

Obama also promoted the nearly $8 billion in stimulus funds already targeted for such efforts, which are intended to boost hiring in construction and manufacturing - sectors hit hard by the recession - while saving families money and reducing carbon emissions. His plans to expand the program are part of a larger proposal unveiled earlier this month to address unemployment in a variety of ways, including easing credit and implementing tax cuts.

At the warehouse store in Alexandria, Obama held a roundtable discussion with a small group representing labor and manufacturers and installers of energy efficient material. He said devoting public dollars to retrofitting is an example of the "strategic surgical steps" he hopes to take to stimulate the economy and create jobs while also addressing environmental concerns.

"We've got to get beyond the point where we think being smart on energy is a job destroyer," he said. "It's a job creator."

Standing before tall displays of "Energy Star" insulation, water heaters advertised as "tax-credit eligible" and other products marketed as energy-efficient, then spoke to a larger crowd of members of Congress, Home Depot executives and the media.

"Somebody said at the round table that insulation's not sexy," he said. "I disagree. Here's what's sexy about it: saving money."

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By Web Politics Editor  |  December 15, 2009; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Climate Change , Economy  
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The creation of additional energy resources in addition to conservation is a solution the EPA religion does not recognize.

Posted by: RayOne | December 18, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Why would anybody want to sink money into their home if they are:
1. Underwater (fix it up so the bank can take it away)
2. Unemployed

Posted by: JRM2 | December 15, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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