NH Business Leaders Say Scott Brown Cost NH Jobs, Hurt NH Businesses

NH Business Leaders Say Scott Brown Cost NH Jobs, Hurt NH Businesses

Brown Puts His Self-Interest First, Plays Politics, To Defeat Job-Creating, Bipartisan Legislation

Concord, NH – Business leaders from across New Hampshire reacted with anger and frustration today, learning that Scott Brown lobbied Republican Senate leaders to defeat Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s bipartisan energy bill that would have created almost 200,000 jobs and saved consumers billions.

“I’m not someone who generally weighs in on political matters, but I was outraged to learn of Scott Brown’s behind the scenes deal to block Senator Shaheen’s bipartisan bill that would have created close to 200,000 jobs,” said Dr. Kedar Gupta, co-founder and CEO of ARC Energy in Nashua, New Hampshire. “Brown placed politics over New Hampshire families and our nation’s energy and economic interests. Scott Brown is motivated by self-interest, and this should be seen as a clear message to Granite Staters that he is plain wrong for New Hampshire.”

“If reports today from the Huffington Post and Politico are correct about Scott Brown working behind the scenes to block the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill, this is appalling and irresponsible,” said Sean O’Kane of Hollis, New Hampshire, co-founder of Windward Strategies and Partners. “Energy efficiency is immediate and a critical component in addressing the looming crisis. For every kilowatt we can reduce on the consumption side means there is a reduction of 3 kilowatts of electric generation. That is how much electricity in lost through transmission. Energy efficiency technology is available today, is highly effective and is a real solution. How anyone can work to stop this significant of an initiative is beyond understanding unless it is simply to pursue other political ambitions. This is not the kind of leadership we need in the Senate representing New Hampshire.”