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Bush Releases $121 Million in Home Heating Aid

The Bush Administration has released $121 million dollars in aid to help low income residents cope with the high cost of staying warm this winter.

WBUR's Steve Brown has more.

While state officials are pleased Massachusetts gets an extra $11.5 million in heating assistance funds, they warn it won't last long. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles says the total money now available will get low income residents though the beginning of the fall.

BOWLES: We need a wider range of measures, additional work on energy efficiencies so people are using less in their homes. Additional steps to increase the efficiency of oil burners. We need a comprehensive approach to this winter.

Bowles says the state is working with the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in the hopes of securing more federal funds.

This program aired on September 18, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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