Ceramic Industry

Owens Corning's Thaman Meets with President Obama

January 5, 2010
Mike Thaman recently met with President Obama and four members of the labor and business communities in a roundtable discussion.

Mike Thaman, chairman and CEO of Owens Corning, recently met with President Barack Obama and four members of the labor and business communities in a roundtable discussion to talk about job creation and energy efficiency. The meeting was held at The Home Depot store in Alexandria, Va.

“We applaud President Obama’s leadership in driving policy that promotes job creation and energy efficiency,” said Thaman. “The need to take further action is evident. To the extent that there will be an effort in Washington to create jobs, we believe in putting people back to work in a way that makes homes more energy efficient. To be effective, the approach must be direct, simple and targeted. This is a great opportunity to create sustainable jobs and improve the energy efficiency of America’s homes.”

In a statement after the meeting, Obama called on Congress to establish incentives for Americans to make energy efficiency retrofit investments in their homes, saying they would help the U.S. turn the corner on energy efficiency while putting Americans back to work.

“Our homes and offices consume almost 40% of the energy we use,” said Obama. “Because most of our homes and offices aren’t energy efficient, much of that energy just goes to waste while costing our families and businesses money they can’t afford to throw away. The simple act of retrofitting these buildings to make them more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest things we can do to put Americans back to work while saving money and reducing harmful emissions.

“I know the idea may not be very glamorous, although I get really excited about it. We were at the roundtable and somebody said, ‘Insulation's not sexy.’ I disagree. Insulation is sexy stuff. Here’s what’s sexy about it: saving money. This is a smart thing to do. We’ve got to get beyond this point where we think that being smart on energy is a job destroyer. It is a job creator.”

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