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Sen. Feinstein Responds to House Cutting CA Environmental Programs

23 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

In an LA Times Op-Ed published this morning, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) strongly criticizes the House for cutting funds for a program that is helping to grow California's renewable energy industry.

According to the Op-Ed, by rescinding $2 billion in Recovery Act funds and loan guarantees for the program, the House has also put $40 billion in private clean energy investment at risk. Sen. Feinstein writes that the cuts and loss of private investment would eliminate 76,000 California jobs, as well as jeopardize manufacturing factories that build wind turbines and solar panels and refineries that produce low-carbon vehicle fuel.

Sen. Feinstein pledges to try to restore the program in the Senate version of the bill, warning that "[i]f we allow this program to die, we squander billions of dollars in investment and set our economy back even further."

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