Proposal to Close Out Energy Star Met With Backlash

The White House’s 2018 budget proposal would dismantle or privatize the Energy Star program as part of a 31 percent funding cut for the EPA.

A plan to “closeout or transfer” the popular Energy Star program as part of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal has sparked an advocacy effort that’s uniting industrial and environmental groups, says Trey Barrineau in his DWM article Backlash Grows Against Energy Star ‘Closeout.’”

A letter signed by 78 companies, associations and environmental organizations was sent to leaders in both houses of Congress this week urging lawmakers to save Energy Star and maintain its funding at current levels. The program currently spends about $57 million a year, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) — and the letter’s signees say it’s an investment that’s paid for itself many times over in energy savings.

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