Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who has long championed increased energy efficiency measures, said the Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland this week could have given an “boost” to the issue by highlighting the topic on the agenda.
“It would be totally appropriate,” to talk about energy efficiency, Portman said in an interview. “The context would be that we Republicans support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, including efficiency.”
Portman said he believes “we have enough information to know there is a warming of the climate. So that’s one reason I think we need to figure out smart ways like energy efficiency to deal with it that don’t result in job loss and economic harm to working families.” The efficiency measures he has ushered through the legislative process would result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.