Documentary: Why Weatherization Assistance Is So Important For America

Over the last 36 years, the government’s Weatherization Assistance Program has helped millions of low-income Americans make their homes more energy efficient and reduce energy costs. In some cases, those improvements were the reason recipients could afford to stay in their homes.

But this vital, common-sense program is now under threat. As part of the bizarre push back against smart clean energy and energy efficiency investments, WAP has become a political target. Funding for the program has dwindled, and it’s very likely that Congress will minimally fund it for a second year in a row. That could be devastating.

The 50-minute documentary below, put together by filmmaker Joshua Wolfe, chronicles how WAP began and why it’s so economically important. The program once had very strong bipartisan support. But it’s now a victim of politics. This film illustrates just how sad the conversation around energy in this country as become. Watch it:

Here’s what the filmmaker, Josh Wolfe, wrote to Andy Revkin of the New York Times:

What we often forget is that in those 36 years, the program has not just made peoples’ lives better but it has accumulated knowledge, talent and resources that make it better each year than the year before. If the program’s budget gets cut dramatically, much of those 36 years of investment will be lost. We can’t rebuild it overnight if we decide to increase program funding two years from now. It is also probable that if the continuing resolution passes at the $68 million funding level many of the people you meet in this film will lose their jobs in the near future. I hope that this film can help lawmakers realize the value of WAP and preserve the work of the last 36 years.

Are we really going to let politics destroy such a vital tool?

3 Responses to Documentary: Why Weatherization Assistance Is So Important For America

  1. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The same thing happened in Australia. The Labour Government rolled out a home insulation project just after being elected in 2007, to save money on heating and cooling, reduce greenhouse emissions and pump-prime the economy in the face of the economic collapse. It was immediately attacked, with trademark misrepresentation, hypocrisy and maniacal bias (‘Fair and Balanced’) by the Right, led by the Murdoch sewer. The same knuckle-draggers are currently in the midst of a similar campaign against wind energy. The first thing we need to do if we are to survive, is to recognise our enemies and honestly and fearlessly admit to ourselves just what they are and what they represent.

  2. catman306 says:

    Fossil fuel companies love inefficiencies and waste. It increases demand for their products and therefore their bottom lines and CEO salaries. Congress is at least partially owned by Fossil fuel. They won’t help on their own.

  3. Aussie John says:

    Hear Hear Mulga,
    The right wing “conservative” politicians and Murdoch’s media are running propaganda campaigns on behalf of vested interests; the national and citizens interest doesn’t get a look in.
    What defence is there against Goebbels like propaganda? – there appears to be no “test of truth” available to affected citizens.
    Perhaps a class action; charging them with environmental treason by misrepresentation of scientific facts, followed by reparation claims would be a good start.

    A recent court case in NZ, where sceptics brought a case against the NZ govt. agency
    demonstrated that sceptics are entitled to sue a science body; that being the case, why shouldn’t a science body/govt be able to bring a case against a sceptic association? :-

    “The court backed the science that led the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to conclude that New Zealand’s climate warmed almost one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) between 1909 and 2009”.