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Trump Energy Plan Meets Resistance From Industry Groups

Trump Energy Plan Meets Resistance From Industry Groups
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By    |   Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:30 AM

President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate over $40 million in federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program has caused an uproar, The Hill reports.

Energy Star is a voluntary program that sets efficiency standards for various electronics, appliances and other products and allows companies to label their products to reflect meeting those benchmarks. In Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2019, he asked legislators to cut $42 million in federal funding for Energy Star, suggesting that the EPA instead charge companies a fee. He previously called for the program to be eliminated altogether.

"By administering the Energy Star program through the collection of user fees, EPA would continue to provide a trusted resource for consumers and businesses who want to purchase products that save them money and help protect the environment," the agency wrote in its budget request. "Entities participating in the program would pay a fee that would offset the costs for managing and administering the program."

The Alliance to Save Energy, a group that represents various manufacturers, utilities, retailers and environmentalist, contend that the program, which saves an estimated $30 billion in energy a year, should be supported.

"Placing the burden solely on the manufacturers that use the label isn’t really fair," the group’s president, Kateri Callahan, told the Hill.

"The ultimate beneficiaries of this are the consumers who are saving money," Callahan added. "The beneficiaries are so wide. And we’re all benefiting when we’re avoiding greenhouse gas emissions."

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President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate over $40 million in federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program has caused an uproar, The Hill reports.
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