The New Energy Economy represents an unprecedented opportunity to connect energy conservation and independence with the creation of good jobs.
always pulled together during tough times to accomplish great missions. We can
do it again. This time we need a moonshot for energy independence and good
jobs. A crash program for sustainable energy independence would create three
million good jobs, free the nation from imported oil, and promote a healthier
environment. States and cities are leading the way toward a clean energy
future. Now, the time has come for our nation to take up the challenge.”
The goal of the Apollo Alliance is to bring progressive elements of
the agricultural community, organized labor, social justice organizations and
the environmental community together to reshape the public debate in
Colorado. The coalition organizes support around the goal of energy
independence for Colorado. It also promotes policies that allow
workers, local communities and local businesses to capture the benefits of
clean energy development and smart growth.
FRESC helped to form and is a convening member of the Colorado Apollo Alliance, which brings together almost thirty labor, environmental, and business organizations.
The Colorado Apollo Alliance has successfully passed several pieces of legislation in the state, including a bill that
increased natural gas efficiency and delivered critical energy
assistance to low-income households. House Bill 06-1200, sponsored by
Bernie Buescher and Senator Ken Kester,
sent $41 million to the Low-Income
Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) to help poor families facing sharply increasing
heating costs, and also authorized $19 million to be used
for energy efficiency weatherization programs that will help provide permanent
reductions in heating costs for qualifying low-income families