Ever heard of the Alliance to Save Energy? Its different from the EPA.
Alliance funding comes from corporate contributions and grants from foundations and government agencies. The Alliance was founded by Senators. Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.) and Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn.) in 1977, as a consequence of the global energy crisis fueled by the OPEC oil embargo.
U.S. consumers were forced to curb their oil consumption during the 1973-74 oil crisis …but most resumed their energy-wasteful lifestyles as prices receded afterward… witness the SUV popularity and lack of electric vehicle advancement through the ’90’s and 2000’s. There were twenty years of slipping back to “U.S. energy arrogance”.
A LITTLE HISTORY FROM WIKIPEDIA: The General Motors EV1 was an electric car produced and leased by G.M. Corp., from 1996 to 1999. It was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era from a major automaker, and the first GM car designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset.
While customer reaction to the EV1 was positive, GM believed that electric cars occupied an unprofitable niche of the automobile market, and ended up crushing all their electric cars, regardless of protesting customers.
A cabal of the major U.S. automakers litigated the CARB regulation in court, resulting in a slackening of the ZEV (zero emissions vehicle) stipulation…
In an attempt in 1977 to encourage a national commitment to energy efficiency the Alliance to Save Energy brought together a “who’s who” of bipartisan leaders from both public and private sectors to lead a unified effort for a secure energy future. (Bipartisan is a now extinct process where Republicans and Democrats work together for the betterment of the citizens that elected them.)
Currently there are more than 170 organizations committed to energy efficiency as a primary way to achieve the nation’s environmental … economic …energy security and affordable housing goals… according to the Alliance to Save Energy web site. A healthy sounding goal.
Also according to the Alliance web-site: Associates work with the Alliance and each other on energy efficiency policy and programs. The Alliance believes efficiency is the most cost-effective way to use energy. The alliance efforts include:
- Research in science, finances and legislation.
- Educate the public on how to live and work energy efficiently.
- Advocate for policies that minimize costs to society and lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
- Design and implement energy efficiency projects.
- Promote technology development and deployment.
- Build public-private partnerships in the United States and throughout the world.
About 80 staff in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. locations, as well as collaborators in countries around the world, includes: economists …engineers …financial experts …public policy specialists …and communications professionals.
Partnerships between private and public sectors is a great idea, however it sure seems to Casualmere® that progress is much slower than the Earth needs. It seems to the outside observer that California created standards have been doing the heavy moving of the energy and environmental needle. We would like to hear more.
Last year in 2011, House Republicans voted 191 times to “weaken environmental protections,” including 27 votes blocking climate change action …77 votes on the Clean Air Act …28 on the Clean Water Act …47 on public lands and coastal waters, according to a report released in early December 2011 by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). The EPA was the focus of 114 of these votes, the report says.
It sure seems that if lots of good things were still happening from the Alliance to Save Energy we would hear a lot more about them from the Alliance. As public …and huge …and ubiquitous as many of the “Associates” corporations are with those many “communications professionals” where is the news of great progress? …1977 was 35 years ago.
Casualmere® reminds us …if you don’t know from where you came …it is impossible to evaluate where you are …and very difficult to figure where you should be going. But we do need to be going to a cleaner Earth… and not burning fossil fuels like there is no consequence.
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