The U.S. faces serious consequences if it continues current energy consumption without developing alternative energy sources, new technology and increased efficiency, according to former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, who served as the keynote speaker at an energy symposium in Austin, Texas.
In addition to providing insights into the prospects of the passage of a comprehensive energy bill, Abraham also pointed to initiatives such as the bipartisan Building STAR – a broad coalition of trade associations, labor groups, environmental organizations, and businesses including Eaton – which would help decrease carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and create jobs.
‘Energy is not a Republican or Democratic issue,’ said Abraham, who served as energy secretary under George W. Bush. ‘It's an American issue. We have to set aside our differences and work collaboratively toward a greener, cleaner and more energy efficient future.’
The event, the second in a series of nationwide events, was hosted by Eaton Corp. as part of its continuing effort to provide leaders from the public sector and industry with the tools they need to navigate rapidly evolving needs for improved energy management. Eaton will host the third in its series of energy events in Chicago on June 7.
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