Truth #17: Taxpayer Sponsored Infomercials
What the bill does: Authorizes taxpayer money to be used by the Secretary of Energy to carry out a national education program to raise public awareness about the potential of “mechanical insulation” to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The government will promote insulation used in commercial and industrial buildings around steam generation piping, equipment, and HVAC ductwork. The Secretary is authorized to engage in advertising, education, training sessions and web-based information. (H.R. 2454, Sec. 275, Page 580.)
What this means for Americans: American tax dollars will be wasted on the promotion of insulation during a recession that has destroyed 6.5 million jobs. Congress should focus on insulating the American economy from more job losses and leave home insulation to the professionals.