House backs bill to boost ‘clean energy,’ enhance efficiency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming.

The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and wind power, sets stricter energy efficiency standards for buildings and authorizes grants to local communities for more efficient schools, homes and municipal buildings.


The House approved the bill, 220-185, Thursday, sending it to the Senate, where a separate energy bill is pending. The Senate bill, like the House measure, would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, that are used as coolants, after an internal dispute among Senate Republicans was resolved earlier this month. Use of HFC gases is being phased out worldwide.



“I want to give a clear-eyed assessment: This bill is not going to stop climate change,” said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. “But it is a good opportunity to make good and sometimes necessary changes to programs, which might make it easier to do a bigger, more ambitious bill in the near future.”


The House bill, dubbed the “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act,” would support clean energy technologies through research and development funding through the Energy Department. It also boosts electric cars and programs to finance clean energy projects.

Supporters said it would create well-paying jobs across the country and help the U.S. transition to a “clean energy future” that is less dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.


The bill would authorize more than $36 billion to help speed up the electrification of the transportation sector and make electric cars an option for more communities. It also authorizes funding for “clean” school buses, electric vehicle charging equipment and other zero-emission vehicle programs.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of

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House Backs Bill to Boost ‘Clean Energy,’ Enhance Efficiency | Business News

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming.

The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and wind power, sets stricter energy efficiency standards for buildings and authorizes grants to local communities for more efficient schools, homes and municipal buildings.

The House approved the bill, 220-185, Thursday, sending it to the Senate, where a separate energy bill is pending. The Senate bill, like the House measure, would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, that are used as coolants, after an internal dispute among Senate Republicans was resolved earlier this month. Use of HFC gases is being phased out worldwide.

“I want to give a clear-eyed assessment: This bill is not going to stop climate change,” said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. “But it is a good opportunity to make good and sometimes necessary changes to programs, which might make it easier to do a bigger, more ambitious bill in the near future.”

The House bill, dubbed the “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act,” would support clean energy technologies through research and development funding through the Energy Department. It also boosts electric cars and programs to finance clean energy projects.

Supporters said it would create well-paying jobs across the country and help the U.S. transition to a “clean energy future” that is less dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.

The bill would authorize more than $36 billion to help speed up the electrification of the transportation sector and make electric cars an option for more communities. It also authorizes funding for “clean” school buses, electric vehicle charging equipment and other zero-emission vehicle programs.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the legislation would “modernize our energy system, create jobs and take positive steps towards addressing the climate crisis.” He called it “one of the most impactful steps we can take now to create manufacturing jobs and boost our competitiveness, all while protecting our environment.”

Pallone said he and other lawmakers who pushed for the energy package tried to “move provisions we believe have a shot at becoming law this Congress” after negotiations with the Senate.

House Republicans disputed that, saying the bill would cost more than $135 billion while including no serious reforms.

“Don’t be fooled by its name — this bill has little to do with innovation and everything to do with House Democrats’ embrace of their high-cost Green New Deal,” Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, Rob Bishop of Utah and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said in a joint statement. Walden is the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce panel, while Bishop leads the GOP on Natural Resources and Lucas is the top Republican on the House Science panel.

While many Democrats have expressed support for the Green New Deal — a non-binding but

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Home Decor – Enhance the Look of Your Home

One thing is certain your home decor speaks volumes about who you are. Not only does it create a beautiful feel, but it also demands the viewer’s attention. Typically deciding what types of decorations you want to display in your room requires some thought. You’re looking for a style that stands out and is unique yet will look natural in your surroundings.

This article is going to give you a few tips on deciding what decorations or accessories may actually enhance your design and work best in your living space.

Designing your own home decor layout is a great way for you to save money and still have something you will love. It has become really easy to find ideas with all the new television shows popping up, teaching us how to choose the right items to place in the room.

You may find it difficult at first as it can be a little overwhelming if you don’t have a starting point. Deciding what features you want and knowing what you will need to purchase to achieve the look you’re after is a great start. Pricing your options will also help you figure out how far you can go with your home decor project.

Whether you are going to be painting a wall, replacing some trim, adding pottery, or going to purchase new furniture starting up a budget is on the top of the list.

Before you begin decorating you should start with a fresh canvas. Paint the walls a beautiful neutral color of your choice. Then place some decorative artwork on the walls or a large mirror. Place some throw rugs on the flooring or under a chair are a couple of ideas you could try.

Adding decorative home decor items into the room to accentuate it is also a great way to enhance the beauty of it. Add a few pillows to the couch or maybe a new seat cover for an old chair to spruce it up is a great way to get a new look without spending a lot of money.

Home decor products are easy to find online. The trick to a design layout that you like is to find the ones that work together to create a theme. Not all the items that look good will work well together. Do some research and talk to an interior designer if you are having any problems figuring out what you need to do. Use your imagination and your home decor design layout can be exactly what you wanted.…

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Top 7 Design Ideas to Enhance Your Interior

When was the last time you planned your home renovation? Or, maybe, you are right about to do that in the nearest future? If so, then you will certainly need the best design ideas that will make your home comfortable and stylish.

Actually, there are no universal rules to meet the design needs and preferences of each home owner. This is because each person has his/her own design preferences and ideas on how to make an apartment/house comfortable and appealing. Creative people, who like to experiment and try something new, often succeed in the process following their intuition and taste. But what about those homeowners, who cannot boast their design taste and still wish to make their homes elegant and convenient to live in? Fortunately, there are several design ideas that have gained popularity due to their affordability and functionality.

1. Don’t Hurry to Choose the Colors

Many people start their interior design planning with the choice of a color scheme. Well, this approach seems understandable, but home designers agree on the fact that there is no need to hurry with the choice of a color palette. There are so many colors that differ in density and shades that it’s really hard to make the best choice right from the start. Colors that look great in one home may not suit the interior of a new house. This depends upon the style, lighting sources, furniture and even decor elements. Consequently, you should select the color palette of your new home after you decide on the rest of the elements.

2. Don’t Buy Many Furniture Items

If you dream of making your home cozy and functional at the same time, there is no need to buy too many furniture items. Rooms that are overwhelmed with furniture, don’t have enough space for moving. Select only those furnishings you will actually use every day. This will also help save your budget.

3. Hang the Pictures Properly

Do you know that all the masterpieces in galleries and museums are hung on the eye level of visitors? This is around 145-152 cm from the floor. Follow the same rule, when hanging pictures in your home. If you are not sure about the choice of a right place, take a photo of the wall. You can’t even imagine how informative it may be. You can mark the place, where you are going to hang a picture or even several of them to see, where they will fit better.

4. Highlight the Key Points

When it comes to the interior, there are always primary and secondary items to be placed in a room. It’s important to select a piece of furniture or several of them, which will be the focal points of your interior. The rest of the elements will be secondary, helping create the impression of unity with other furnishings.

5. Review Your Collection

One of the first things you should do when planning home renovation is reviewing the collection of furnishings and decor elements you …

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