H.R. 4785, The Rural Energy Savings Program Act (6 comments ↓ | 7 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 4785 would amend the miscellaneous rural development provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make loans to certain entities that will use the funds to make loans to consumers to implement energy efficiency measures involving structural improvements and investments in cost-effective, commercial off-the-shelf technologies to reduce home energy use.

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Jack Cruger

September 13, 2010, 10:33am (report abuse)

The Federal Government should never be in the loan business. As we have seen they don't know how to handle them, and it is just another intrusion into the free market system.


September 13, 2010, 12:34pm (report abuse)


Deborah S

September 13, 2010, 12:36pm (report abuse)

It's also an intrusion into the free market system when huge amounts of government money are poured into particular technologies. If energy technologies truly are more efficient and desirable, businesses and consumers will buy and pay for them on their own. But if the only reason to acquire them is becauses of a government benefit, we lose the free market's capacity to let the best technologies succeed. Maybe the government's choices of which technologies to support are the best ones, but we haven't seen truly good judgement coming out of government, and especially not in recent years. In fact, government has made so many horrendously bad decisions in the Bush and Obama years, we should be quite concerned about letting them meddle in the economy on this scale.


September 15, 2010, 3:49pm (report abuse)

The myths continue, Deborah S, it amazes me that so many believe that the "horrendously bad decisions" simply appear out of a government round table of idiots. The "Free Market System" does not give a damn about the implicit, explicit impacts "it" causes on our quality of life or our, children, homes, food, medicine,and Nation. Government offers a constitutional based system to regulate human market error, a collection of attempts to improve our common lives is not always perfect. I wish, Obama/Bush would of just allowed the near total destruction caused with 5 trillion dollars disappearing to occur; so you and others would know the true limitations of your beloved "Free Market" and how it really doesn't give a damn if you live, or die! It cares only if you can pay to survive, that is a true "Free Market" be careful which American Myth you put our pensions in my beloved America! We require quality policy and leadership, in Corporate America, and our Government, better government!


September 15, 2010, 4:26pm (report abuse)

I agree. Imagine if BP were permitted to do what it wanted with the Gulf oil spill. They would have left the problem to the taxpayers and the people of the Gulf to clean up and no one would have received a nickel.

Very few companies look out for the best interests of the people unless they are forced to do so.

reality peep

September 16, 2010, 11:58am (report abuse)

question is...what caused rep Clyburn to write the bill? That answer is important to know how the loans helps - or not. All rhetoric above is pointless until then.

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