Obama: "Sexy" Homes Could Stimulate Economy
If R28 insulation and CFLs get you all hot and bothered, you're not alone. Turns out President Obama also finds energy efficient home remodeling to be titillating, reports USA Today
. As climate talks draw to an end in Copenhagen, Obama visited a suburban Home Depot--perhaps the least sensual setting on the planet-- to push a plan that would bestow tax breaks on folks who retrofit their homes with better doors and windows, more efficient heating and cooling systems and, um, tighter envelopes.
"Here's what's sexy about it," he said. "Saving money." We're not sure if that's because it leaves more cash in your pocket for sex toys or because green building is the flavor of the day. In addition to saving money and energy, the policy would "stimulate" the economy and create new jobs, too. Maybe a few racy films starring scantily clad energy auditors?
In fact, the jobs could come from folks purchasing said insulation and CFLs, part of the buy-our-way-back-to-business strategy Obama has promoted since entering office.
The move is the latest by president Obama to spur green building and jobs. He has talked about a "Cash for Caulkers"
program that would encourage homeowners to conduct energy audits and weatherize their homes. And some $5 billion allocated to green building under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress in February is still trickling out
The choice of Home Depot as the backdrop for his talk may not inspire confidence, however. The retailer has been criticized for its notoriously ambiguous Eco Options
program, which proffered products
from chainsaws to paintbrushes as "green."