Architects denounce Senate vote killing energy conservation requirements for federal buildings

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{"version":"0.3.0","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["b"],["a",["href","http:\/\/","target","_self"]]],"sections":[[1,"h2",[[0,[],0,"\n"]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"For immediate release"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Washington, D.C. - April 20, 2016 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement\nafter the U.S. Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The\nlegislation repeals targets for reducing fossil fuel consumption in federal\nbuildings contained in Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act\nof 2007, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by then-President\nGeorge W. Bush."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\nPlease attribute to AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA:"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cCutting\nfossil fuel consumption in new and renovated federal buildings by 2030 is\nclearly something we can achieve as a nation. My fellow architects are already\ndesigning buildings that are \u0027net zero\u0027 consumers of energy. According to\ngovernment statistics, better designed buildings have already saved our country\napproximately $560 billion in energy costs since 2005."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u0022Therefore\nit makes no public policy sense for Congress to cave in to the oil and gas\nlobby and kill requirements to reduce fossil fuel consumption in federal\nbuildings. As we have noted before,\nresidential and commercial buildings account for almost 40 percent of both\ntotal U.S. energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Last\nDecember, nearly 200 nations, including the United States, committed in Paris\nto reducing the planet\u2019s carbon footprint."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cUncle\nSam must continue to be a leader worldwide in energy conservation and reduced\ndependence on the use of fossil fuels. Yet we are effectively abrogating this\nrole with this short-sighted vote, which will continue to hold federal\ntaxpayers hostage to the whims of global energy markets that can change on a\ndime."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cWe\nwere gratified by the White House\u2019s announcement in December that the President\nwould veto the House energy legislation, specifically citing the repeal of\nSection 433 as one of several major objections. We hope that lawmakers come to\ntheir senses and strip this provision from any final bill.\u201d"]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[0],1,"About The American Institute of Architects"],[0,[],0,"\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to\ncreate more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings,\nneighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters,\nthe AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public\nwell-being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest\nprofessional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to\nassist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and\ngovernment leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing\nour communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit "],[0,[1],1,""],[0,[],0,"."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n\n\n\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n\n\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n\n\n"]]]]}
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