09 Apr '11, 1am

Better Life: Weatherization saves low-income people money and promotes growth. Why do the Republicans want to kill it?

Better Life: Weatherization saves low-income people money and promotes growth. Why do the Republicans want to kill it?

It was so cold in Dorothy Johnston’s trailer in Hannibal, Missouri that the retired factory worker sometimes couldn’t get out from under her covers to go to the doctor. High heating bills meant “it was a stretch to make ends meet,” she says. “I was having a hard time paying for medicines.” Things are different now, thanks to the Weatherization Assistance Program , which uses federal tax dollars to make the homes of low-income Americans more energy efficient. “My house has just been wonderful,” Johnston says. In recent months, as temperatures dipped down into the 20s, there were no more frigid breezes blowing in through the roof and the floor. Leaky spots around the windows and doors had been caulked. As a result, she says, “I’ve been keeping my doctor’s appointments better. And even though gas is high, I have a little extra money because my utility bill isn’t so big.” The ...

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