From a recent statement in the Congressional Record by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.):
On Dec. 10, 1981, (Sen. Mark) Hatfield and I joined in a letter to all senators asking that they cosponsor a resolution reaffirming the commitment of the Senate to support federal programs which increase energy efficiency through research and development, information programs, and the weatherization of the homes of low-income citizens.
We took that step because press reports indicated that the administration would present an energy conservation budget for 1983 which would be just 7 percent of the funds appropriated by Congress for 1982 . . . .
I questioned Secretary of Energy (James) Edwards closely . . . on why the administration had decided to destroy these cost-effective energy conservation programs.
I pointed out to him that his own board of independent expert advisers --the Energy Research Advisory Board--had proposed increasing energy conservation programs, not cutting them by 90 percent. He shrugged and responded that he does not always take his advisers' advice.
I read him letters from elderly Vermonters--not bureaucrats or contractors --testifying to the effectiveness of the home energy audit program. He said he was not even familiar with program.
Franky, I was appalled. And I know that a number of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have had similar experiences in questioning Secretary Edwards and Assistant Secretary Trible.
Thus, it is no coincidence that I am proud to announce that a majority of the U.S. Senate has cosponsored this resolution.