As the federal budget remains in a precarious position and cuts lie ahead in government spending a contraction of federal support remains a real threat to the continued growth of renewable energy. The leadership of 25X'25 says with Congress in recess, now is the time for 25x'25 partners to band together and clearly articulate the strategic national value of clean energy solutions from America's farms, ranches and forests.
Policymakers will likely search for more cost effective ways to deliver services and focus diminishing financial resources on national priorities. 25x'25 Project Coordinator Ernie Shea says the good news is that the renewable energy vision for a new energy future provides triple bottom line results. The program called 25x'25 will create jobs and stimulate sustainable economic development; will improve our national security; and will enhance the quality of our environment.
"Congress is currently on recess and members are fanning out across their districts defending their voting record and seeking guidance on what is important to their constituents," Shea said. "What a perfect opportunity to tell Washington policy makers that clean energy programs are a primary pathway to job creation and economic recovery. We urge you to use the remaining weeks of the August recess to engage your elected officials and deliver this critical message."
The 25x'25 national Steering Committee has been listening carefully to its partners and allies and Shea says the message has been loud and clear; that stakeholders must band together to defend and advance cost effective federal and state policies and programs needed to achieve the 25x'25 goal and must proactively communicate timely facts and counter misinformation on agriculture and forestry clean energy solutions.
"The road to a new energy future is long and largely uncharted," Shea said. "Renewable energy proponents must now gird for the battles and challenges that will surely follow. In the coming days, weeks and months, our vision and our resolve will be tested. At this critical juncture we must resist the temptation to hunker down and protect our own self interests."