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10/04/2012 - Can only presidents decide on energy savings? Are we too stupid to understand it ourselves? Or maybe when power bill and construction will equalise - that's when we will understand - way too late.
On December 2, President Obama, joined by former President Bill Clinton, announced $4 billion in combined private and federal funds to be invested in upgrades to commercial buildings over the next two years.
President Obama said: "Upgrades will create tens of thousands of jobs and save billions."
President Obama recently announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years.
These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector.
The $4 billion investment includes a $2 billion commitment, made through the issuance of a Presidential Memorandum, to energy upgrades of federal buildings using long term energy savings to pay for up-front costs, at no cost to taxpayers.
In addition, 60 CEOs, mayors, university presidents, and labor leaders today committed to invest nearly $2 billion of private capital into energy efficiency projects; and to upgrade energy performance by a minimum of 20 per cent by 2020 in 1.6 billion square feet of office, industrial, municipal, hospital, university, community college and school buildings.
This announcement builds on a commitment made by 14 partners at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in June to make energy upgrades across 300 million square feet, and to invest $500 million in private sector financing in energy efficiency projects.
Former President Bill Clinton stated: "Investments in building retrofits and energy efficiency can make a real difference in the American economy, by creating jobs, growing our industries, improving businesses' bottom lines, reducing our energy bills and consumption, and preserving our planet for future generations."
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