ASME Pushes for Government Action
on a National Energy Policy
5/11/2009 - ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) -
ASME, in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA), has issued a proclamation
outlining critical national energy priorities and programs for the
Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress to consider in the next
societies, representing over one million engineers, have endorsed
the "National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation" of ASME and
IEEE-USA, which emphasizes research and development in new
technologies as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect U.S.
economic and national security.
call to action supports a balanced national energy portfolio that
combines traditional energy sources " including natural gas, coal
and nuclear power " with renewable energy such as wind, geothermal,
solar, and biomass to support reliable, abundant and economically
viable energy for the nation's current and future energy challenges.
The proclamation also calls for
policy objectives that encourage energy conservation, reward energy
efficiency and foster energy breakthroughs, like electric vehicles,
which can permanently impact the domestic energy landscape.
The proclamation, which has been sent to lawmakers on Capitol Hill,
calls for maximizing the use of electric power and the modernization
of the nation's electric transmission grid.
It also urges maximized use of electricity for
the transportation sector, and the establishment of viable and
sustainable national energy efficiency and conservation goals, among
Announcing this effort, ASME President Thomas M. Barlow and IEEE-USA
President Gordon Day issued a joint letter to lawmakers urging their
consideration and adoption of the goals stated in the proclamation
as they draft and consider energy legislation that could transform
the nation's energy programs.
The two societies are also
leading an energy policy alliance focused on providing information
on energy legislation and serving as a resource to the engineering
ASME helps the global engineering community
develop solutions to real world challenges.
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Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit
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sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines,
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