By Sam Youngman - 06/29/09 02:22 PM EDT
The president announced that the Department of Energy will accelerate the spending of a "$346 million investment under the Recovery Act to expand and accelerate the development, deployment and use of energy-efficient technologies in residential and commercial buildings."
Speaking from the Grand Foyer of the White House, the president was clearly trying to capitalize on whatever momentum he might have gathered for his energy proposal after Friday night's narrow victory in the House.
In his remarks Monday, Obama again thanked House members who voted for his bill — even though 44 Democrats joined Republicans in voting against it — and said he is confident the Senate "will choose to move this country forward."
The first part of Obama's household appliance energy-efficiency standards centers on fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs.
"Now, I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses," Obama said. "And, by the way, we're going to start here at the White House. Secretary [Steven] Chu has already started to take a look at our light bulbs, and we're going to see what we need to replace them with energy-efficient light bulbs."