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September 16, 2009 12:35 pm ET

HR 2454 Report Summary June 9 2009 The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

Fw: Congressional Bill  HR 2454 Selling Your Home

[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]


Hey, thanks for sending that my way.

In today's struggling economy, I wouldn't want a bill that costs that much or prevents people from selling homes - it just wouldn't make sense!

Some of the stuff in that email seemed a little far-fetched to me, so I decided to do some research on my own to sort out the falsehoods.

The email claims the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the bill would cost a family of four $6,800 a year!  That would be ridiculous.  Luckily, it's a lie.

I found a letter that the CBO wrote to a Republican congressman that said the bill would only cost an average family $175 dollars a year, which equals the cost of a postage stamp a day! Wow. You can read the letter yourself:

The email also claims that the EPA Administrator is a "czar." That's not true at all.  The head of the EPA is a member of the president's cabinet that must be confirmed by the Senate.  President Obama's choice for EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, was confirmed unanimously back in January.

As for the emails claim that the bill would make it illegal to sell your home without an energy audit and an upgrade in energy efficiency, that is also a lie. 

I found a great website called that examines the claims made by both Republicans AND Democrats.  It tells it like it is.  You can read it here if you want to: says that the bill only sets requirements for buildings built after the bill becomes law.  If you currently own a home, nothing would change for you.  The National Association of Home Builders told the website, "if you are talking specifically about energy-efficiency checks, or an energy audit, it is not required for existing home."

The National Association of Realtors, the experts on selling homes, said "No, section 202 does not require that buildings be retrofitted. Rather, it provides federal funding for states to offer financial incentives, such as loans or grants, for property owners to voluntarily decide to improve energy efficiency... Nowhere does this bill create a federal requirement that a property owner would have to retrofit a property to any guideline at any time."

So there you have it.  Everything in this email is a blatant lie.  In reality, the American Clean Energy and Security Act would create 1.7 million American jobs and help the country become more energy independent - all for the price of a postage stamp per day.

There are a lot of crazy emails that go around the internet, but it's important to figure out the facts.

See you soon.


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