Obama: "Sexy" Homes Could Stimulate Economy
"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."