During a trip to Penn State, President Obama announced a proposal he says would save businesses $40 billion a year by using government grants and tax credits to pay for weatherization improvements.
The White House isn’t announcing a price tag for the proposal, but during his speech, the president said the plan could be funded by eliminating tax breaks for big oil companies.
Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson, who represents State College, wants to see more data, and says he’s not sure eliminating oil subsidies would foot the bill.
“I don’t believe so,” says Thompson. “I think it’s – it gets people’s attention because it’s picking out a bad guy you can focus your attention on.”
Thompson was the only member of Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation in the audience.
Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey were in Washington, and Governor Corbett didn’t attend the speech, either – though Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was in the audience.