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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

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Million People Benefit from the UAE-based Big Heart Foundation’s Humanitarian Efforts in 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 marzo 2019

Humanitarian aid worth US$ 15.8 million (AED 58 million) to 1,091,000 million refugees, internally displaced and acutely disadvantaged people in 12 conflict-laden nations worldwide has been offered by The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a leading international humanitarian organisation based in Sharjah, UAE. Operating under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate and TBHF Chairperson, the humanitarian non-profit operating out of Sharjah – the third largest emirate in United Arab Emirates (UAE) – has mobilised the funds to support and initiate 20 projects in collaboration with UNHCR, Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in vital sectors of food security, healthcare and education.
Their 2018 efforts spanned 12 countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Tanzania, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan, and were focused not only on the deployment of emergency aid, but also looked into longer-term rehabilitation and community redevelopment through increasing people’s access to better healthcare, education and employability.
Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF, has elaborated on the humanitarian strategy that TBHF adopted in 2018 and will continue to execute in the future, saying: “Our efforts are based on two key principles. Immediate assistance, followed by community-building and rehabilitation through education, vocational training and employment. This has helped underprivileged groups to access the necessary tools they need to secure their future, and will strengthen the global march towards realising UN Agenda 2030.” TBHF deployed its projects through six funds operating under its umbrella. In 2018, The MENA Fund facilitated the development of National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s main building in Cairo, Egypt. The Refugees and IDP Fund has intensified healthcare services for 24,000 Syrian refugees at the ‘Big Heart Clinic’ in Jordan’s Zaatari Camp, and facilitated the construction of a 100-bed hospital in Cox’s Bazar for Rohingya refugees.The Palestinian Children Fund enabled the establishment of the first secondary school for 45,000 children with hearing disabilities in Palestine. It also supported UNRWA’s urgent medical assistance for children.
TBHF’s Zakat Fund established a community centre for 3000 internally displaced students in Aleppo to support UNHCR’s efforts to provide long-term protection activities. Their Emergency Fund extended urgent aid to vulnerable communities in South Sudan, in collaboration with the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The Ameera Fund contributed to 16% of TBHF’s overall contribution in 2018 through several projects and campaigns to promote cancer awareness.

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LIBE Chair stresses the serious efforts needed from Facebook to protect EU citizens’ privacy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 maggio 2018

Following the meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) stated:”The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach affects millions of European citizens, either because they have been directly affected by the practices of Cambridge Analytica or because they are Facebook’s users. European citizens need to know what happens and we cannot hide this debate from them, so we welcome Facebook agreeing to the hearing being webstreamed live. Holding the meeting behind closed doors would have diluted public confidence in the process and in Facebook’s willingness to live up to the responsibilities expected of it.Trust in Facebook has suffered as a result of the data breach and it is clear that Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook will have to make serious efforts to reverse the situation and to convince individuals that Facebook fully complies with European Data Protection law. General statements like “We take privacy of our customers very seriously” are not sufficient, Facebook has to comply and demonstrate it, and for the time being this is far from being the case.The Cambridge Analytica scandal was already in breach of the current Data Protection Directive, and would also be contrary to the GDPR, which is soon to be implemented. I expect the EU Data Protection Authorities to take appropriate action to enforce the law.From the data protection package, which will imminently enter into force, to the current negotiations on the e-Privacy Regulation, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee has been at the forefront of developing the EU’s privacy laws which are now the strongest in the world. Our Committee, mandated by the European Parliament, will now conduct an investigation into these issues and will hold several hearings to have a clear and complete picture of these serious and worrying facts.”

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Journalists Church to send aid as strong quake hits central Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 agosto 2016

terremoto3A strong earthquake struck central Italy early on 24 August, causing severe destruction to buildings and the loss of life. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck around the Rieti region. The worst hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli, with the epicentre in Norcia.“The situation is terrible,” said Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of Ascoli Piceno, who arrived a few minutes after the first quake in the town of Pescara del Tronto. “As dawn broke, I could see the area had been destroyed.” “We are already working with Caritas to get the right aid to the people,” he said.The Italian Catholic Church has immediately made available €1 million in response to the earthquake and is launching a nationwide parish appeal to support Caritas Italy relief efforts.“We are gathered in prayer with those caught in this tragic event,” said the Italian bishops in a statement, inviting all to help alleviate the difficult conditions people in the affected areas will face in the coming days, weeks and months.Caritas volunteers in Rieti have already started to deliver food and basic necessities and Caritas is organising further support, while the Italian Civil Protection are looking for survivors under the rubble.In 2015, Caritas Rieti helped train migrants and refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Senegal, Somalia, Rwanda, Mali and Ghana to work with the Italian Civil Protection in emergency response.“Caritas and parish volunteers, priests and bishops are concretely helping with the delivery of aid,” said Caritas Italy’s Paolo Beccegato. “We’re in constant communication with them to organise relief efforts on the ground.”
Donations can be sent to: Caritas Italiana, Via Aurelia 796 – 00165 Roma, using the current account n. 347013 or by bank transfer to Banca Popolare Etica, Via Parigi 17, Roma. Iban: IT 29 U 05018 03200 000000011113. Please specify “Colletta terremoto centro Italia”. (foto fonte: agf)

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Companies in Emerging Markets Make Distinctive CSR Efforts

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 agosto 2016

ANZBy John Howell, Editorial Director. The evolution of CSR in developed economies from philanthropic grants to programs more integrally tied to core strategies is impacting business in emerging economies. From cost cutting to reputation building, companies in developing markets are aligning sustainability activities with their missions and values. And they are doing so in distinctive ways. A recent report from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited describes three examples: 1) technical support, to provide skilled labor 2) regu latory uplift, to assist governments in implementing best practices and international standards and 3) engagement in hands-on community events to build trust. There are lessons to be learned here by all business. (Photo Credit: ANZ)

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Sustainable fishing levels by 2020: an appointment Ministers are determined to keep

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 luglio 2016

fishCommissioner Vella gave the EU Fisheries Ministers a preview of the fishing limits to be applied in 2017. He stressed that our fisheries are making good progress towards sustainable management, but nevertheless we must keep up the effort to be able to comply with our common objectives and deadlines. The Ministers confirmed their commitment to move slowly but surely towards sustainable fishing levels. Maximum sustainable yield should be reached as soon as possible and by 2020 at the latest. At the same time – they pointed out – the economic sustainability of the fleets concerned needs to be preserved at all times. In stark contrast to the overall situation, overfishing is still widespread in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea, and stocks are in bad shape. Both Commissioner Vella and the Member States around these basins committed to renew collective efforts; some Ministers underlined that those efforts have to extend to the third countries of the basin as well. (photo: fish)

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Global experts call for a binding treaty to tackle poor diets

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 novembre 2014

Colosseo (interno)Rome.  In a global show of support for increased efforts to tackle diet-related ill health, leading health campaigners and consumer advocates from across the world have publically endorsed calls for a tobacco-style Global Convention to protect and promote healthy diets.With the world’s governments gathering in Rome this week for a conference that aims to address malnutrition in all its forms, an open letter calling for a binding treaty has been sent to the heads of the WHO and FAO, co-authored by Consumers International, the World Obesity Federation, the UK Health Forum and consumer groups in Fiji and Mexico, with the support of over 320 individuals and organisations.The letter urges greater action to protect and promote healthy diets using a similar mechanism to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control which has already proved successful in reducing tobacco use. The letter is addressed to WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan, and FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, ahead of the International Conference on Nutrition (19-21 November, Rome).The letter states that ‘the governance of food production and distribution cannot be left to economic interests alone,’ and urges governments to take regulatory action to reduce children’s exposure to marketing, to impose compositional limits on the saturated fat, added sugar and sodium content of food, to bring in fiscal measures to discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods, and to require all trade and investment policies to be assessed for their potential health impacts.The authors, who have already drafted a Global Convention to Protect and Promote Healthy Diets, state such a treaty can ‘help Member States, particularly smaller nations, to maintain a robust defence of public health for their citizens.’Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International said “Diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer are increasing in all regions of the world, most rapidly in developing countries. The policy actions that governments take now will determine whether we can turn the tide on this health crisis. A binding Global Convention offers the best hope of protecting and promoting the health of all consumers.”Dr Tim Lobstein, Policy Director for the World Obesity Federation, said “The rapid expansion of the marketing of highly processed foods is undermining health in much of the developing world, leading to rapidly rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Regulatory action to control food markets will require political courage. We should start with a Global Convention which can help Member States, particularly smaller nations, to build and maintain a robust defence of public health.”

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World leaders must listen to the people on climate and be bolder than they were today

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 settembre 2014

climate_changeNew York.As world leaders gathered at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York today, Greenpeace leaders responded to key announcements from China, the United States, and Europe:In response to the announcement by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Greenpeace Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer Li Shuo said:“Five years after Copenhagen, China is in a vastly different position. Domestic air pollution is forcing the country to embark on a new path away from coal and 2014 saw the lowest coal consumption growth in a decade. After the surging carbon emissions over the past decade, we welcome the Vice Premier’s pledge to peak emissions as early as possible, and call on China to peak its greenhouse gas emission much before 2025. The country must also capitalize on its domestic progress on coal and deliver an ambitious post-2020 target.”Reacting to President Obama’s speech and announcement of a new executive order to consider climate change in international development programmes, Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said:”Requiring federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programmes is a good step, and we hope President Obama will extend this logic to every federal agency decision, especially around the extraction and export of fossil fuels. So far, the Obama administration continues to allow the fossil fuel industry to undermine efforts to address climate change by mining and drilling for coal, oil, and gas from our public lands and waters, unlocking huge quantities of carbon pollution. President Obama’s climate efforts and speech today are welcome, but we can do much more to reduce carbon pollution in the United States and help communities around the world deal with the impacts of climate change.”In reaction to the announcements by European Commission President Jose Barroso and French President François Hollande, Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Policy at Greenpeace said:“Europe has given an important signal in supporting the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change through the Green Climate Fund, although the details remain unclear. However, the current mitigation targets and the proposed 2030 climate and energy targets to be decided upon by next month fall short of a truly ambitious plan. These targets will not drive divestment from coal and oil, but will lock it in for the next 16 years. Europe can do better, and must do better. The European Union must set more ambitious climate and energy targets.”In response to the many announcements made today by world leaders, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said:“Following Sunday’s impressive showing of more 400,000 people calling for action on climate change, we’ve seen some action from world leaders today, but not enough to match the energy of the people marching for their children’s future. To preserve the health and safety of our planet and the human race, we must meet targets dictated by science–not agreed by politicians.“This week we saw progressive business and faith leaders making strong commitments that are moving ahead of what world leaders promised today. The leaders of major economies must be bolder than they were today in providing a vision for 100% renewable energy for all.”

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CEC urges efforts at global consensus after Syrian ‘chemical attack’

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 agosto 2013

The Conference of European Churches strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons last week in Syria that is believed to have killed more than 450 people and injured more than 3,500. It is a severe and alarming escalation in two-and-half years of atrocities in the conflict engulfing the region.CEC General Secretary Rev. Dr Guy Liagre said in a statement on August 28, “As the first known use of chemical weapons in the 21st Century, this is alarming for citizens of the world and the region. We are urging member churches to pray and encourage their leaders to voice their concern on behalf of the victims, the helpless and innocent people who continue to suffer in the conflict.”As the U.N. Security Council considers its response to this heinous act, we pray that  any decision taken will primarily consider the good of the Syrian people and not the exigencies of politics. Every effort among global leaders must continue to be made to reach an enlightened consensus on how to deal with the events around the chemical attack using international law and institutions.”We urge CEC member churches to pray for an end to the conflict in Syria and the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable within the framework of international human rights and in a manner that does not precipitate a worsened conflict.”

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Notre Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 maggio 2012

The negotiations of the bailout plans for Greece, Ireland and Portugal as well as the adoption of new solidarity mechanisms have triggered a lively debate on the cost of these solidarity actions, particularly in those countries that are making the biggest contribution to those efforts such as Germany, The Netherlands, Finland and France. This Policy Brief by Sofia Fernandes and Eulalia Rubio aims to clarify some points concerning the cost of interstate solidarity exercised within the Eurozone. The analysis focuses on the budgetary cost of that solidarity, which has been at the heart of this debate. It first clarifies the nature of these solidarity actions as well as their impact on national public finances. Then it analyses the current controversy over the budgetary implications of the growing imbalances in TARGET2 positions (the payment and settlement system between the central banks in the Eurozone) and, more generally, of the exceptional actions undertaken by the European Central Bank (ECB). Lastly, in order to give an order of magnitude of this solidarity effort, the Policy Brief places the total cost of interstate solidarity efforts in perspective by comparing it to the amount of money set aside by the states to help their banks since the start of the crisis. (15/05/2012)

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Migrants stranded on Egypt Libya border in need

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 marzo 2011

A Caritas team has been assessing needs of migrant workers fleeing violence in Libya and stranded on the Egyptian-Libya border in Salloum. Around 6000 migrant workers are stranded in Salloum and around 5000 people are arriving daily. Asian and African migrants wait two to six days to be processed through the border. They are the difficult cases because of the lack of documentation or lack of embassy support to assist in repatriation efforts. The team says most of the basic needs of migrants in Salloum are being met, but there is an urgent need to speed up the repatriation process.
Caritas has sent another Emergency Response Teams to the Libyan-Tunisian borders in order to assess the refugee’s needs and set up emergency aid. In addition to that, Caritas is working in close collaboration with its national member organisations in Niger and Libya. According to IOM, 172,874 people, mainly migrant workers, had left Libya up to 2 March. Of those, 79,199 went to Egypt, 91,175 to Tunisia and an estimated 2,500 to Niger. However, the IOM pre-crisis migration figures for Libya were estimated at 2.5 million migrant workers, of which ca. 1 million were Egyptian workers (Source: IOM and UNHCR Joint Appeal for Massive Evacuation of People fleeing Libya into Tunisia, presented to Member States on 2 March in Geneva

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Against “green” imperialism

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 ottobre 2010

Washington, D.C. In light of Agence France-Presse’s reporting  that provisions aboard Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior are running low after being denied access to the Port of Jakarta last week, Andrew Langer, spokesman for the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) and president of the Institute for Liberty, released the following statement, calling on Indonesia’s government to continue denying the warship entry until Greenpeace ceases and desists all anti-Indonesian activities. “Greenpeace’s efforts in Indonesia have thus far called for the destruction of viable businesses in-country and the rejection of its exports in the global marketplace. This has caused continuous suffering for workers and families throughout the country. CAGP stands with Indonesia’s government, armed with a clear message: ‘green’ imperialists are not welcomed in Jakarta.”
The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) educates and activates concerned citizens in response to costly collaboration between environmentalists, protectionist industries, big labor unions and retail companies. CAGP is an action-oriented alliance of advocacy groups that promotes economic growth and pro-consumer policies across the world.

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Declaration on Environment and Health

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 marzo 2010

We the Ministers and Representatives of Member States in the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) responsible for health and the environment, together with the WHO Regional Director for Europe, in the presence of the European Commissioners for Health and Consumer Policy and for the Environment, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Director for Europe of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have gathered in Parma, Italy from 10 to 12 March 2010 to face the key environment and health challenges of our time. Building on the foundations laid in the European Environment and Health Process to date, we will intensify our efforts to implement the commitments made through previous WHO ministerial conferences, especially those set out in the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE). We will address these challenges by setting up or strengthening existing mechanisms or structures that can ensure effective implementation, promote local actions and ensure active participation in the European Environment and Health Process. Recognizing that economic arguments are increasingly critical to develop sound policies, we will pay special attention to fostering strategic partnerships and networks, so that environment and health issues are better integrated across the policies of all sectors. We call on these sectors and relevant organizations to work with us more closely to ensure healthy environments. We agree to meet again at the Sixth European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in 2016. We the Minister of Health and the Minister of the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy, on behalf of all the ministers of health and environment in the European Region of WHO, together with the WHO Regional Director for Europe and in the presence of the European Commissioners for Health and the Environment, the Executive Secretary of UNECE and other partners, hereby fully adopt the commitments made in this Declaration.

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Against Poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 gennaio 2010

Geneva-Lisbon The United Nations Development Programme and the Benfica Foundation announced, today, that they will dedicate the proceeds from the 2010 Match Against Poverty  taking  place in Lisbon on January 25  to support relief efforts in Haiti. In addition, a widespread advocacy campaign will accompany the broadcast of the match to encourage viewers to contribute personally.  For the past seven years, UNDP’s Match Against Poverty has raised funds for and awareness of global efforts to reduce poverty. This year, in the wake of the massive devastation that struck Haiti, the organizers and players decided that the funds amplify efforts to support the Haitian people in their time of need. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 54 percent in abject poverty.   The January 12 earthquake has created a humanitarian crisis that is growing dimmer by the hour.   Benfica Foundation President Luis Filipe Vieira said his organization stands ready to offer full support in solidarity with the Haitian people. “We are extremely saddened by the disaster in Haiti. We would like to show our full support by dedicating the Match to the relief of the victims.” UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo echo Vieira’s sentiments. “Donating the proceedings from the Match, lends deeper meaning to our cause against poverty,” said Zidane. Ronaldo will start the football season with his Club Corinthians-FC on January 24 and due to his commitments with the Club, he will not be able to play at the Match Against Poverty. He has invited his Brazilian teammate and very good friend Kaka to represent him in the match. Kaká who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme (WFP) has accepted the invitation and will join Zinédine Zidane in the Ronaldo, Zidane & Friends team opposing Benfica All Stars. “I am honoured to represent Ronaldo and I am looking forward to playing this important match, dedicated to Haiti’s relief efforts, stated Kaká. http://www.slbenfica.pt.
UNDP is the UN’s global network to help people meet their development needs and build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working as a trusted partner with Governments, civil society and the private sector to help them build their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Further information can be found at http://www.undp.org

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Climate chaos

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 dicembre 2009

As the Copenhagen Climate Summit reaches its penultimate night, Greenpeace activists joined Heads of State from over 120 countries on their way to dinner with the queen at the Danish Parliament.  In a 3 vehicle convoy, just in front of Hilary Clinton, a Greenpeace ‘Head of State’ and her ‘husband’ stepped out onto the red carpet – there to represent the demand of millions of people around the world who want a fair, ambitions and legally binding treaty to avert climate catastrophe. Holding up a banner reading:  “Politicians Talk Leaders Act”, the activists drove home the message that the world’s presidents and prime ministers risk condemning the world to climate chaos unless they make far more serious efforts to strengthen the climate deal tomorrow. Greenpeace also projected the message “Don’t betray our children’s future” onto the Danish Parliament and Prime Minister’s office in English, French and German. Meanwhile, other activists with banners reading: “Politician’s Talk Leaders Act” scaled lamp posts and other high points outside of the security cordon directly communicating with Heads of State entering the palace. “Leaders of industrialised countries have just hours left to commit to deeper greenhouse gas emission cuts of 40% by 2020 and put USD140 billion a year on the table so that developing countries can invest in clean technologies, adapt to climate change and end tropical deforestation. If they fail, they will be remembered forever as the people who consigned the world to chaos.”

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Prime Minister Manning of Trinidad and Tobago

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 aprile 2009

The White House. President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago today to thank him for his efforts in preparing to host the upcoming Fifth Summit of the Americas.  The President looks forward to participating in the Summit and discussed with the Prime Minister a shared desire to focus the Summit on addressing the common challenges facing the people of the Americas.  The President is committed to building strong and productive partnerships in the hemisphere and believes the Summit represents an important step toward achieving this objective.  He looks forward to meeting Prime Minister Manning and to working with him to advance our shared goals.

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$8 Billion in Weatherization Funding and Energy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 marzo 2009

Washington DC — Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Chu today detailed an investment of nearly $8 billion in state and local weatherization and energy efficiency efforts as part of the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  With an investment of about $5 billion through the Weatherization Assistance Program and about $3 billion for the State Energy Program, the Department of Energy will partner with state and local governments to put 87,000 Americans to work and save families hundreds of dollars per year on their energy bills.  To jump-start job creation and weatherization work, the Department of Energy is releasing the first installment of the funding – about $780 million — in the next few days.  The Department will release additional funding over time as states demonstrate that they are using the funding effectively and responsibly to create jobs and cut energy use.“This energy efficiency funding for states is an important investment in making America more energy independent, creating a cleaner economy and creating more jobs for the 21st century that can’t be outsourced,” said Vice President Biden.The funding will support weatherization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment, which will pay for itself many times over. “Even as we seize the enormous potential of clean energy sources like wind and solar, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act makes a major investment in energy efficiency, which is the most cost effective route to energy independence,” Chu said.The Weatherization Assistance Program will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy efficiency upgrades and will be available for families making up to 200% of the federal poverty level – or about $44,000 a year for a family of four. [$55,140 for Alaska and $50,720 for Hawaii] The State Energy Program funding will be available for rebates to consumers for home energy audits or other energy saving improvements; development of renewable energy projects for clean electricity generation and alternative fuels; promotion of Energy Star products; efficiency upgrades for state and local government buildings; and other innovative state efforts to help save families money on their energy bills.  The DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program allows low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient, reducing heating bills by an average of 32% and overall energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year.

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