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Time for Congress to Focus on Clean Energy Jobs

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said that Senate Democrats are going to pursue clean energy jobs when they return from their August recess, according to an article in The Hill. I sincerely hope that this is the case.
By Rona Johnson | August 05, 2011

Time for Congress to Focus on Clean Energy Jobs

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said that Senate Democrats are going to pursue clean energy jobs when they return from their August recess, according to an article in The Hill. I sincerely hope that this is the case.

“Clean energy jobs, they are changing the face of this nation,” Reid said early this week in a speech. “We need to do that.”

Whether this will be part of a jobs bill or an energy bill is yet to be determined, but I think it’s clear that an overall energy bill has been difficult to pass. Maybe a better way to go about this is through a jobs bill.

Unfortunately this all has to be done while they are trying to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion, supposedly by the end of November.

Perhaps they should take a look at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ study, A Bright Future for the Heartland. The study found that investing in energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy could create 85,700 net new jobs in the Midwest by 2030. The study also revealed that clean energy would produce $40.9 billion in new capital investment and $1 billion in new income for famers and rural landowners and $3.5 billion in new local tax revenues. This is especially important at a time when the states are receiving less federal money and state funding for communities is also dwindling.

Although this study focused on the Midwest, there are other regions in the U.S. that have and could benefit from clean energy investments.

Let’s hope that in the process of making budget cuts, Congress doesn’t lose sight of the potential that biomass power and thermal has for job creation and economic development.

 

1 Responses

  1. Johnie

    2011-08-23

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    Knolwegde wants to be free, just like these articles!

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