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Ambassador Gardner: U.S., EU Have Window of Opportunity to Improve Energy Efficiency

President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron discussed energy issues at a post-G7 press conference in Brussels. AP Images

President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron discussed energy issues at a post-G7 press conference in Brussels. AP Images

"There may be disagreements over specific policies, but the goal is not controversial. Regardless of whether you are focused on lower electricity and fuel costs, renewables adoption, energy security, economic development, or emissions reduction, energy efficiency is part of the solution," Ambassador Gardner said June 24 in a speech on Energy Efficiency Policy: a Policy for Security of Supply, Competitiveness and Sustainability. "Both the U.S. and the EU have a window of opportunity right now to promote policies and initiatives that increase the productivity of energy use, and we have an opportunity to do it collaboratively," he said. "The important thing is that we use this opportunity to take action." 

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