"A vote for this spending bill is a vote to continue shipping jobs and money to the Middle East"

GOP Energy & Water Funding Bill Will Make Us More Dependent on Foreign Oil

Washington DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter urged the House to reject the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill which would cut funding for the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) by $1.9 billion or 59%.  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, which is responsible for over 5,500 private and public sector jobs in Colorado and provides a $714 million annual economic boost to the state, receives a majority of its funding from EERE.

"A vote for this misguided spending plan is a vote to continue shipping good American jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars every year overseas.  High energy prices impact the pocketbooks of all hard working Coloradans.  Ensuring the opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop and bring to market American made products and technologies starts with building on the innovative work being done at NREL. 

The question is simple - do we want America to lead the world in the 21st Century, or do we want China to design, manufacture then sell us the energy technologies of the future?    I look forward to working with the Senate and the President to ensure NREL has the resources it needs to lead the United States on a path toward long term energy independence.  Quite simply, it's good for job creation and our national security."

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Colorado Economic Statistics About NREL
Source: National Renewable Energy Lab Report Prepared from the Business Research Division of the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. (Click here for more information)

·         NREL is a $714 million annual boost to Colorado's economy, according to data compiled by the University of Colorado.

·         NREL’s full-time work force at the lab grew from 917 in 2007 to 2,300 today. In total, NREL’s presence means more than 5,500 private and public sector jobs in Colorado.

·         As a result of the work from NREL, Colorado places sixth nationally in the value of clean-energy jobs.

·         Between 1998 and 2007, clean-energy jobs in Colorado grew by 18.2 percent – that’s more than double the 8.2 percent growth in all jobs in the state. As of the end of 2009, Colorado had 17,000 clean-energy jobs.

·         As of August of 2010, NREL had 329 contracts with Colorado companies totalling $414 million, including $75.3 million paid out in the most recent fiscal year. NREL had cooperative research and development agreements with 23 Colorado companies; and technical service agreements with 24 Colorado firms as of the summer of 2010.

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