Dozens of companies including Intel, 3M, and Philips Lighting joined with environmental groups such as Natural Resources Defense Council and Alliance to Save Energy to write a letter to Congress pleading with them to save the Energy Star program. President Trump proposed eliminating it as part of his EPA cutbacks. Proponents of Energy Star argue that the program helps both consumers and companies.
Here’s an excerpt of the letter:
“Energy Star accomplishes several highly desirable goals at once: it helps consumers reduce high energy bills, promotes economic growth by stimulating investment in new technology, reduces pollution through cost-effective measures, and helps ensure the reliability of our electric system by reducing peak demand,” the dozens of companies and groups wrote.
“We believe that the wide range of benefits of Energy Star, realized across the entire U.S. economy, make it worthy of your support in FY2017 and FY2018.”