Save the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program
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Save the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program

    1. Petition by

      Alexis Greene

      New York, NY

In 1976, the federal government created the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) in the Department of Energy (DOE). Oil prices were sky-high, and the poor and the elderly could not afford to keep their houses warm in winter -- often because their homes lacked insulation, or the windows wouldn't close, or the boiler did not work properly – and they could not afford repairs.

WAP came to the rescue, insulating attics and walls, replacing windows, and repairing or replacing inefficient furnaces.

Since 1976, 6.4 million low-income Americans have benefitted from the Weatherization Assistance Program. Families receiving WAP services see their annual energy bills reduced on average by $437, depending on fuel prices. The energy improvements that weatherization provides are long-lived, so the savings add up over time to substantial benefits for WAP recipients, their communities, and the nation.

Also, very importantly, by bringing energy efficiency to homes and buildings throughout the country, WAP reduces the emissions that are wreaking havoc with our environment.

But Republicans in Congress are vowing to cut the WAP budget so severely, that the program would not be able to function. They call the program wasteful, not realizing that, by saving people money on energy bills, weatherization enables homeowners to spend money on goods and services. They don't realize that, by employing people to provide weatherization, WAP is creating jobs.

We cannot let Congress kill the Weatherization Assistance Program: for the poor, for the environment, for the economy of this country. A strong public statement could save WAP.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Update on "Save the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program" petition

      Alexis Greene
      Petition Organizer

      Community Environmental Center thanks you for your support. We did not receive a response from the White House, so we began sending the petition to members of Congress, specifically the House of Representatives. Our new goal is 500 signatures!

    3. Reached 200 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • thomas bencivengo BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      this is an effective and wonderful program for building owners. it lowers expenses immensely reducing chances for mortgage default and limiting exposure to swings in fuel prices. please save this program.

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    • Bennie Dean DUNLAP, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I work in a position where I see a lot of people that are in need and with the economy in the state it is in they need assistance..I have referred my clients to this program and they are so grateful...It is a much needed program that has made the difference in their monthly electric bill..

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      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherization provides economic opportuntiy to businesses, and jobs to workers and helps save the environment.

      What more can you ask for.

      This is truly a worth program to continue to fund.

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    • Heather Yukon BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Mr. President, poor people, " green" development planners, environmentalists, and EVEN the smarter fiscal conservatives are behind you if you speak up for this program. Remember, we talk and we vote. Thank you!

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Once again the Republicans are penny wise and both callous to the poor and pound foolish in general. Perhaps the Republicans want us to be more dependent on fossil fuels, so we need to frack, dig deep water oil wells, blow up some mountains for "clean coal" or import more oil from their despotic buddies in the Middle East?

      As our myopic "representatives" didn't see fit to adequately develop solar, wind, hemp for ethanol and other green alternatives decades ago, conservation is essential. This is one reason why we need WAP. The other is that low income people can't afford their fuel bills in many cases. So, don't be a fossil fool - vote for WAP!

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