John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, testified Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing, “HomeStar: Job Creation Through Home Energy Retrofits.” From his testimony (available here):
Along with recoveries in other parts of the domestic economy as well as the global economy, a sustainable upturn in the housing sector will be a key ingredient for getting manufacturing back on track, expanding production and creating high-paying jobs. In fact, NAM estimates that if a healthy rebound in housing takes place over the next few years (2010-2013), it likely will create 128,000 manufacturing jobs in the industries connected to this sector.
As currently drafted, the HomeStar proposal would spur consumer demand for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient products and building materials by providing significant and immediate rebates for home energy-efficiency retrofits. In addition to promoting residential energy efficiency, the program will quickly create jobs in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of energy-efficient products.
“The HOME STAR program will get our nation’s skilled construction force working again, benefit homeowners coast to coast and from all socio-economic backgrounds through comfort and energy efficiency improvements to their homes, and result in long-term energy and environmental gains. We urge Congress to expedite approval of this program so that Americans can get back to work.
Also on the panel was Mike Thaman, chairman and CEO of Owens Corning. His testimony is here. Earlier this month, reacting to comments by President Obama, Owens Corning issued a news release in support of the HomeStar program, “Owens Corning Supports President Obama’s HOMESTAR Program to Create U.S. Jobs and Improve Energy Efficiency in America’s Homes,” in which Thaman commented:
The current condition of the U.S. housing market provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of available product and skilled worker capacity to get this done. We will work to support the President’s HOMESTAR initiative and its many benefits.
The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press covered the hearing, “Welch’s energy efficiency program faces GOP skepticism.”
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