Obama Passes Energy Efficiency Bill

On Thursday, US President Barack Obama signed a bill intended to improve energy efficiency within structures.

The move had strong backing from both sides of the political spectrum, with Republicans and Democrats passing the legislation.

The bill has created voluntary building efficiency standards, but stops efficiency rules for specific water heaters.

“What we’ve seen is a coming together of Republicans and Democrats who are going to facilitate us being much smarter in terms of building buildings, how we use energy and, as a consequence, we’re going to save money for consumers, we’re going to save money for businesses, and we’re going to deal with issues like climate change that have an enormous economic and health impact on Americans as a whole,” said Obama, before the energy efficiency bill was passed.

“It’s always tough to convince Washington to not play politics with a good idea,” said Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in a statement. “But persistence has paid-off and this legislation is a small but significant victory over legislative gridlock.”

Recently, the consumer watchdog Which? urged the UK Government to reform its ‘failed’ energy efficiency efforts.

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