'Green Job Corps' Expected to Return as Part of Long-Term Economic Stimulus
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With Green Provisions Out of Short-Term Stimulus, Additional Efforts to Spark Struggling Economy Likely Will Be Needed Later in Year; "Clean Energy Jobs" Theme Embraced by Obama, Clinton Campaigns. WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A "Clean Energy Corps" must be a key part of any long term economic stimulus package, according to University of Massachusetts-Amherst economist James Boyce and K.C. Golden, policy director of Climate Solutions. Congress missed a golden opportunity to invest in sustainable prosperity last week when it failed to fund a "Clean Energy" (or "Green Jobs") Corps as part of its short-term stimulus package. The Clean Energy Corps would put America to work on real climate and energy solutions, providing job opportunities to young and poor Americans in renewable energy, energy efficiency and weatherization projects. Many policy makers and economic experts expect that a larger, more long-term economic stimulus package will be necessary later this year. Boyce and Golden noted that a "Clean Energy Corps" is essential to move the United States to a green-economy future while providing jobs and economic opportunities for minority and other low-income communities -- many of which have not shared in recent economic boom periods. The "green jobs" theme already has been raised to varying degrees in the campaigns of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. "The best long-term stimulus would be targeted investments in energy efficiency, mass transit, and a 'Clean Energy Corps' to put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work," said Boyce. "Clean energy jobs will strengthen the economy, make America more energy independent and ease the harm of global warming. Plus, clean energy jobs would help less-advantaged Americans join the growing economy of the future." "A Clean Energy Corps can be the first green wave of a new, stronger economy, with more economic opportunities for more Americans," said Climate Solutions' KC Golden. "We're very encouraged to hear presidential contenders focusing on green jobs, but we need to get the green economy rolling now, in this Congress. By funding the Clean Energy Corps, Congress can provide near-term economic relief while investing in long-term solutions to some of our most pressing national challenges: poverty, fossil fuel dependence, and climate disruption." The "Clean Energy Corps" concept was outlined on January 29th, 2008, when two dozen leading environmental and minority groups urged the White House and Congress to develop an economic stimulus package that puts equal emphasis on clean energy and economic equity. In a joint statement to President George Bush, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the groups write: "By increasing national energy efficiency, reducing out-of-pocket energy spending, and creating employment opportunities, the measures above will meet basic stimulus goals while furthering national objectives of climate protection, energy security, and economic equity." A full version of the January 29th statement is viewable at: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-29-2008/0004745053&EDATE=. The joint statement was signed by 1Sky; Breakthrough Institute; Center for Neighborhood Technology; Center for State Innovation; Climate Crisis Coalition; Climate Protection Campaign; Climate Solutions; ColorOfChange.Org; The Corps Network; Earth Day Network; EcoAmerica; Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Energize America; Green for All; Green House Network; Hip Hop Caucus; Innovations in Civic Participation; Kyoto USA; MoveOn.Org Political Action; Solve Climate; Step It Up!; Sustainable South Bronx; and U.S. Climate Emergency Council. SOURCE James Boyce, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA; K.C. Golden, Climate Solutions, Olympia, WA Ailis Aaron Wolf, +1-703-276-3265, firstname.lastname@example.org, for James Boyce, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and K.C. Golden, Climate Solutions
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