|District||South Carolina 6th|
|Key Coastal Communities||Charleston & North Charleston|
|Quote||"I am grateful for the endorsement of Ocean Champions, and for their support of my Rural Energy Savings Program,” said Congressman Clyburn. “It is important to me that Congressional actions 'do no harm' to the environment and strive to improve the conditions of our natural treasures."|
Leadership: Congressman Clyburn sees a great opportunity to create green jobs in rural America while improving our overall energy efficiency. He has sponsored the Rural Energy Savings Program, which provides $4.9 billion in loan authority through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to electric cooperatives to offer low-interest micro-loans to residential and small business customers for energy-saving retrofit and structural improvements. In addition to saving energy, the program will boost domestic manufacturing and construction industries, as energy-efficiency products are almost exclusively manufactured in the United States and installation jobs cannot be exported. The bill is estimated to create 20,000 to 40,000 new green jobs.
In addition to his leadership on energy efficiency, Congressman Clyburn has built an outstanding voting record on ocean conservation issues. Most recently, he cast an important vote to protect innovative fishery management frameworks that have been proven to work for fish and fishermen. He has also voted to protect the National Ocean Policy, which improves ocean governance by facilitating communication and coordination across the 20 federal agencies with jurisdiction for ocean issues.
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