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Action Alert: Comprehensive energy legislation, February 2002

Less than one year ago, U.S. citizens were facing gas prices of more than $2.25 per gallon. Much of the country was dealing with energy shortages or potential blackouts. Although news headlines about an energy crisis have gone away, underlying problems confronting the United States and its economy remain. To avoid volatile prices in the future, NRCA supports President Bush's plan to implement a balanced energy policy to promote conservation, increase production and protect the environment. Now more than ever, our nation realizes the energy debate is inextricably tied to its national security.

Last August, the House of Representatives passed the Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001 (HR 4) by a wide bipartisan vote. The act is a comprehensive national energy policy that embodies the president's proposals. Regrettably, the Senate leadership chose to ignore the legislation, opting to keep the proposal off the Senate floor. Six months later, Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) promised to bring the legislation to the floor during the week of Feb. 11. NRCA's message is clear - the Senate must pass the president's comprehensive energy legislation.

The need for a comprehensive policy to generate a greater supply and promote conservation is crucial. NRCA supports HR 4 for the following reasons:
  • The roofing industry depends on oil to manufacture most roofing materials and is sensitive to price fluctuations caused by supply shortages. President Bush's proposals to promote oil exploration will advance the United States' goal of securing a reliable energy supply.

  • NRCA advocates the president's proposals to promote energy efficiency. The roofing industry can be instrumental in conservation with energy-efficient roofing materials. HR 4 contains several provisions designed to advance the goal of energy efficiency, including language that directs the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to extend the federal Energy Star® label to "cool roofing."

  • The legislation provides tax incentives for commercial and residential property owners to make energy-efficient improvements to new and existing properties.

The House of Representatives acted decisively when it passed the president's proposed energy policies in HR 4. Now is the time for the Senate to do the same. Write to your Senators today, and urge them to pass President Bush's balanced, comprehensive energy policy.

To call your elected officials, contact the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and provide the name of your senator(s) to be connected. Please direct any questions to NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765 or e-mail Craig Brightup, NRCA's vice president of government relations, at cbrightup@nrca.net.

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