Today Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) raked Energy Secretary Bodman over the coals — the best possible use for that fossil fuel! Within days of uncompassionately zeroing out the low-income weatherization program at a time of record energy prices, Bodman’s DOE altered the DOE website.
Until a few days ago, the website of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Weatherization Program describe the effort as “this country’s longest running, and perhaps most successful energy efficiency program” (click on “cached text” — thank you, Google). [Having run EERE, I can certainly attest to the accuracy of that description.] Once Bush/Bodman whacked the program, that phrase was whacked too (click here), like something out of the Ministry of Truth — Minitrue — in the book 1984.
Just for the record, as the website notes, over 30 years, DOE weatherized the homes of “more than 5.5 million low-income families” reducing
heating bills by 31% and overall energy bills by $358 per year at current prices. This spending, in turn, spurs low-income communities toward job growth and economic development.
So what does the Administration do? Zero the program out during an economic slowdown that itself has been driven in part by record energy prices. You just cannot make stuff up!
Below is Markey’s press release and a picture of the website before and after: