By Dino Grandoni
Making new homes and businesses more energy efficient has long been recognized as a key way of curbing climate change.
But stricter building codes were just dropped from a major energy package making its way this week through the Senate.
A key reason: A powerful lobbying group’s concerted push to convince lawmakers they’re bad for business.
The National Association of Home Builders, one of the largest lobbying organizations in Washington, is arguing that the proposed building codes amount to an unfair and unnecessary increase on the cost of buying a home.
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