A number of local business people, government officials and candidates are discussing alternative energy as one pathway to Toledo’s much-needed economic salvation. While many companies are actively making their names in this field, one of our local corporate giants is greatly distinguishing itself.
This week, Owens Corning CEO Mike Thaman traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend The Center for American Progress Action Fund’s “National Clean Energy Project.” Thaman joined a few dozen business leaders in a roundtable discussion to look into ways of utilizing more clean energy in the United States and lessening America’s reliance on foreign oil.
“Homes and commercial buildings consume 40 percent of our nation’s energy and 74 percent of all electricity consumed,” Thaman said. “There are 80 million underinsulated homes in the United States. Any comprehensive energy policy must include energy efficiency and improved insulation in existing and new homes and buildings.”
With participants such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Kennedy Jr. and T. Boone Pickens at the event, Thaman had access to key leaders in environmental planning.
Kudos to Thaman and Owens Corning for leading this effort and stepping up to keep Toledo part of the conversation.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.