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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

04-SEN2 on Mar 19, 2004

Letter: a letter from 53 Senators to the President
Source: Letter from 53 Senators to the President
Mr. President: A recent federal court decision regarding energy efficient air conditioners is a significant victory for consumers, for the environment, and for our nation's energy future. We respectfully request that you do not appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District (Natural Resources Defense Council et al v. Abraham, Docket 01-4102) affirmed that central air conditioners sold beginning in 2006 must be at least 30% more energy efficient than those available today.

Air conditioners are a necessary modern convenience but are also major users of electricity. On hot days, cooling homes and businesses is the largest category of electricity demand. Requiring air conditioners to be as energy efficient as possible will begin to reduce the stress on the electricity generation and transmission network and decrease the likelihood of blackouts that many regions of the country experience during warm weather conditions.

Air conditioners that meet the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating 13 standard will provide benefits for consumers, the environment, and the nation. The SEER 13 standard will alleviate the need for additional electricity production and transmission resulting in as many as 48 fewer power plants required by 2020. This standard will also result in less harmful air pollution being emitted into the atmosphere. Moreover, by 2020 power plant emissions of carbon dioxide will be 2.5 million tons lower as a result, and emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides will also be held down resulting in cleaner air and healthier citizens.

Finally, the higher standard can be expected to save businesses and residential consumers $1 billion per year in lower electricity bills. Lower electricity bills will recover the slightly higher purchase cost for the more efficient air conditioners in less than 18 months.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 04-SEN2

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Max Baucus s1sMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jeff Bingaman s1sNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Byrd s1sWV Former Democratic Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Carper s1sDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1sNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Kent Conrad s1sND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Tom Daschle s1sSD Former Democratic Senator 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
Chris Dodd s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Byron Dorgan s1sND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Edwards s1sNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Russell Feingold s1sPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Graham s1sFL Former Democratic Senator; retired 2004 
Fritz Hollings s1sSC Former Democratic Sr Senator; retired 2004 
Daniel Inouye s1sHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Tim Johnson s1sSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s1sWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ben Nelson s1sNE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Bill Nelson s1sFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1sNV Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1sWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Paul Sarbanes s1sMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006) 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Arlen Specter s1sPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 04-SEN2

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Lincoln Chafee s1sRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
Peter Fitzgerald s1sIL Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004 
Judd Gregg s1sNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Lugar s1sIN Republican Sr Senator 
Gordon Harold Smith s1sOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
John Sununu s1sNew Hampshire Republican 



Independents participating in 04-SEN2

Joe Biden s1sDE Vice President 
Elizabeth Dole s1sNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Jim Jeffords s1sVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 
Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 40
Republicans: 9
Independents: 4


















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