Capitol Hill

Delaying energy issues

When President Obama came into office in early 2009, one of his highest priorities was to pass cap-and-trade energy legislation designed to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. Despite the president's emphasis on this issue, it appears Congress will not pass major energy legislation before it adjourns late this year.

Cap and trade

Energy policy presents opportunities for roofing professionals because the roofing industry can play a significant role in enhancing buildings' energy efficiency and developing renewable sources of energy.

During testimony before Congress in 2009, NRCA Immediate Past President Rob McNamara told lawmakers "providing incentives for building owners to adopt energy-efficient and energy-generating roof systems will improve energy conservation and help reduce carbon emissions."

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