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Introduction

Conservation is one of the best things we can do to protect the environment. Programs like EnergyStar have successfully helped small businesses, families, and even congregations reduce their energy consumption and use energy more efficiently by purchasing energy efficient products.  However, there have been notably fewer efforts to make energy production and industrial facilities more energy efficient. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2262 / H.R. 1616) would increase the efficiency of the enrgy used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, while also creating jobs.

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    Detailed Background

    Conservation is only one means to achieve the broad goal of creating a more efficient economy and healthier environment. While we have been making headway in conservation, simply focusing on energy consumption can only go so far; we also need to make sure we are using our energy as efficiently as possible. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2262 / H.R. 1616)  would promote energy efficiency practices by establishing building energy codes to ensure commercial, industrial and other facilities meet high standards for energy efficiency; by improving the efficiency of supply chains for manufacturers and by calling on the federal government to adopt energy saving techniques and implement efficiency standards for new federal buildings.

    The  American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy predicts the bill will have a net annual savings of $13.7 billion for consumers by 2030 and add 136,000 jobs to the economy by 2025. In addition, the energy savings and efficiency provisions are predicted to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 108 million metric tons by 2030; this is equivalent to removing 22 million cars from the road. Though it falls short of comprehensive climate change legislation, this bill can lead to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants. So long as we are dependent on fossil fuels, they should be used as efficiently as possible.

    Jewish Values

    The Jewish concept of bal tashchit, do not destroy, is rooted in Deuteronomy’s (20:19-20) reminder that, “When, in your war against a city, you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down…Only trees that you know do not yield food may be destroyed.” From this text we can discern that Jewish law takes a dim view on using resources unnecessarily. 

    For more information, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant: Sophie Golomb

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