Blue Green Alliance Latest News Feed http://bluegreenalliance.com/news/latest/rss Blue Green Alliance Latest News Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 BlueGreen Alliance to Congress: Get to Work Repairing America or You Might Be Out of a Job in November http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-to-congress-get-to-work-repairing-america-or-you-might-be-out-of-a-job-in-november Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:39:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-to-congress-get-to-work-repairing-america-or-you-might-be-out-of-a-job-in-november FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2014) –The Bureau of Labor Statistics today released the unemployment figures for the month of March, which showed the U.S. gained 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“Today’s job gains show continued growth for the American economy, but we can and should be doing more for American workers. We can’t be complacent—there are still millions of Americans out of work, and we have the opportunity to get them back into the workforce right now, but only if we take steps to address climate change and create family-supporting jobs by repairing America’s infrastructure.

“Passing a fully funded five-year Transportation Bill, building on our clean energy successes by renewing the Production Tax Credit for wind energy, and implementing a common-sense idea like the National Infrastructure Development Bank, are all things Congress should do to spur job growth, reduce the pollution driving climate change, and ensure our communities are ready for its impacts.

“While Americans wait for action to create good jobs, anti-government Conservatives have ensured that Congress has sat on its hands for four years, blocking any attempts at progress and putting politics ahead of the interests of the American people and future generations. That’s long enough. Our message to the obstructionists in Congress today is clear: Get to work repairing America or risk having the American people put you out of a job in November.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

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BlueGreen Alliance Lauds Department of Energy’s Announcement of $16 Billion in Loan Guarantees http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-lauds-department-of-energys-announcement-of-16-billion-in-loan-guarantees Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:30:59 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-lauds-department-of-energys-announcement-of-16-billion-in-loan-guarantees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2014) – The Department of Energy today announced that $16 billion in loan authority is available to automakers and suppliers through the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan (ATVM) program. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“Today’s announcement opens up the opportunity for hundreds of companies to stake their claim in the clean energy and fuel-saving industries of the future. Manufacturing is what turns American innovation into prosperity and American jobs, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan program helps make it possible. The loan program has already successfully helped to transform how we deploy clean energy technology by retooling factories, expanding manufacturing capacity and capturing all of the economic benefits that result.

“The Department of Energy has done the right thing by making it easier for automakers and suppliers to invest in domestic manufacturing opportunities. The initial round of funding created or saved 35,000 direct jobs and helped retool more than a dozen plants across eight states to build world leading technology with state of the art advanced manufacturing processes. Expanding access to manufacturing opportunities—especially in the auto sector—will kick the economy into high gear and yield good jobs for American workers for a long time to come.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

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BlueGreen Alliance Praises Administration’s Strategy to Curb Methane Emissions http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-praises-administrations-strategy-to-curb-methane-emissions Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:10:59 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-praises-administrations-strategy-to-curb-methane-emissions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916


WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2014) – The Obama administration today released its Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions—a part of the president’s Climate Action Plan. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“The administration has taken important first steps toward curbing methane emissions—a gas that pound for pound has a 20 times greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period—and enhancing utility reliability. It’s also an important chance to further job creation potential and spur domestic manufacturing. We applaud the Department of Energy for advancing these important efforts and especially their solicitation of input from a broad group of stakeholders.

“Repairs and upgrades will inevitably be part of the solution to methane leakage and this is where the most significant job creation potential lies. The natural gas distribution system includes thousands of miles of aging pipelines that can be made much more efficient if replaced, creating tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs along the way.

“The BlueGreen Alliance’s RECAP (Repairing Our Cities Aging Pipelines) program is already working to advance large-scale investments that will allow us to modernize our natural gas pipeline network and accelerate current efforts to repair America’s pipelines. We look forward to the many ways the Quadrennial Energy Review will help to advance this work.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

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BlueGreen Alliance Lauds Proposed Clean Water Act Rule for Expanding Environmental Protections http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-lauds-proposed-clean-water-act-rule-for-expanding-environmental-protections Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:10:25 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-lauds-proposed-clean-water-act-rule-for-expanding-environmental-protections FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an important rule that restores Clean Water Act protections for many streams, wetlands, and other waters of the U.S. and also better protects the drinking water supply. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“The Clean Water Act is a quintessential environmental law that will be made even better by proposed protections for one of our most precious natural resources. Closing the gaps in these protections will safeguard hundreds of thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands that are vital to the overall health of America’s waterways.

“We’re glad to see that millions of environmental, community, public health, labor, and business voices to protect clean water have been heard. It’s never been more important to employ common-sense tools like this so that we can protect public health and the environment and strengthen the economy. We look forward to working together to see this important rule through to finalization.” 

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

 Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org. Follow us on Twitter (@bgalliance) and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/bluegreenalliance).

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Bipartisan BlueGreen Caucus Announces Ambitious Agenda to Grow Economy, Protect the Environment http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bipartisan-bluegreen-caucus-announces-ambitious-agenda-to-grow-economy-protect-the-environment Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:16:19 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bipartisan-bluegreen-caucus-announces-ambitious-agenda-to-grow-economy-protect-the-environment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916



HARRISBURG, PA (March 18, 2014) – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers from the BlueGreen Caucus in the Pennsylvania Legislature today announced their support for existing legislation and their intention to draft new bills that will create jobs through expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. The caucus is a coalition committed to working in pursuit of policies that grow the economy, protect the environment and create jobs

“As our economy continues to rebound and improve, we risk endangering the health of our next generation by not taking viable steps to clean our air and water,” said Rep. Conklin. “What we need is a long-term clean energy jobs program that creates good paying, family-sustaining wages while protecting our environment and the public health of our residents throughout Pennsylvania.”

The co-chairmen of the caucus are Rep. Conklin (D-77) and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-18). They were joined by Rep. Greg Vitali (D-166); Rep. Patrick Harkins (D-1); Rep. Tina Davis (D-141); Rep. Michael O'Brien (D-175); Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA); Joanne Kilgour, Pennsylvania Chapter Director of the Sierra Club; and Khari Mosley, Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance at an event in Harrisburg.

“The goals of job growth and protecting the environment are not mutually exclusive, and in fact, the emergence of green building technology is helping to spur new industries and exciting new careers,” said Rep. DiGirolamo. “That is why I am pleased to work with Representative Conklin and other members of the Blue-Green Caucus to develop public policy that will help this industry, strengthen our economy and protect our environment.”

The Caucus has initially set its sights on increasing the amount of renewable energy generated in the state. The group called for the passage of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) Act—already introduced as H.B. 100. If the bill became law, the state would reduce carbon pollution the equivalent of taking more than four million cars off the road, according to the PennFuture Energy Center.

“Pennsylvania communities are facing more severe effects of climate change everyday,” said Rep. Vitali. “This isn’t a problem one or two people or even one community can solve. We’re stronger together as we work to expand renewable energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment.”

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority has already made the commitment to invest upwards of $10 million each year since 2004 in clean energy projects. The projects selected for 2010 alone were expected to create 1,400 jobs and generate a lifetime energy savings of 10.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

“It’s not enough to invest in these industries alone. We must ensure that these good, high-paying jobs are created in our own communities. From the manufacturing of the component parts and the panels, to construction, installation, maintenance, and operation of these renewable energy systems, our nation stands to gain from these kinds of strategic investments,” said Abe Amoros of LIUNA.

“All people should have access to good jobs as well as clean air and water,” said Joanne Kilgour, Director of the Sierra Club PA Chapter. “To achieve both we must overcome the gridlock in our legislature and work together to put policies in place that support our communities, our workers, and a healthy environment.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

 Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org. Follow us on Twitter (@bgalliance) and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/bluegreenalliance).

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BlueGreen Alliance Applauds Senators for Putting a Spotlight on Climate Change Challenges, Opportunities http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-applauds-senators-for-putting-a-spotlight-on-climate-change-challenges-opportunities Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:27:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-applauds-senators-for-putting-a-spotlight-on-climate-change-challenges-opportunities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (March 10, 2014) – This evening, members of the U.S. Senate will speak all night urging Congress to wake up and face the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“For too long, calls for climate action from the president and millions of people across the country have gone unanswered. Today that changes. We applaud the Senate Climate Action Task Force, headed by Sens. Whitehouse, Boxer and Schatz, and the other senators who are joining them for drawing attention to an issue that hasn’t been given enough serious consideration by Congress over the past few months.

“America isn’t prepared for the impacts of climate change, but we can be. To create good jobs, reduce pollution, and ensure America’s competitiveness globally, we need to face the threat of climate change head on. We hope that the attention these lawmakers are bringing to this issue, will be the start of a long and productive discussion that yields the real results Americans deserve.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

 Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org. Follow us on Twitter (@bgalliance) and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/bluegreenalliance).

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BlueGreen Alliance Statement: Let’s Implement a Better Vision for the Environment, Economy http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-lets-implement-a-better-vision-for-the-environment-economy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:57:43 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-lets-implement-a-better-vision-for-the-environment-economy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2014) – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the February employment situation, showing the economy added 175,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate is now 6.7 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“Over the past few months, growth has been less than what it would be if Congress hadn’t been stuck in a stalemate. There’s still work to be done to grow the economy and work still to do to repair our infrastructure—the basic systems we rely on everyday to get us to and from work, supply our power, keep us safe from floods and much more—and spur growth in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

“We can’t afford to ignore the potential of fixing these systems. We need to double down and invest in our infrastructure—for the sake of our economy and the environment. Repair America combines all of the best that we’re capable of doing. As the president said last week, roads and bridges are not a partisan issue and neither should be putting pro-growth policies to work across America.” 

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy.

 Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org. Follow us on Twitter (@bgalliance) and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/bluegreenalliance).

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BlueGreen Alliance Reaction to the President’s Proposed Budget http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-reaction-to-the-presidents-proposed-budget Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:50:04 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-reaction-to-the-presidents-proposed-budget FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916


WASHINGTON, DC (March 4, 2014) – Following the release of President Obama’s proposed budget, which includes a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund,” leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statements:

Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club – “Communities suffering the effects of climate disruption should not have to suffer alone. Hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather undercut economic growth and our ability to ensure clean air and water. Factoring in climate resilience as we combat climate disruption isn’t optional. We applaud the president for the attention he has brought to this important issue and for this first step to dedicate federal resources in his budget.”

Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers – “We need to start investing in ways that help communities protect themselves from the impacts of climate change, like extreme weather. Doing so now will create jobs that will save money and lives in the future.”

Larry Schweiger, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation – “With this budget, President Obama is delivering on his commitment to combat climate change and increase our nation’s resiliency against rising sea levels, stronger storms, and deeper droughts. Nature-based safeguards against climate threats, such as restoring coastal wetlands, are imperative to lessen the risks to wildlife, public safety and coastal communities across the United States.” 

D. Michael Langford, National President, Utility Workers Union of America – “Today, we are faced with critical issues relating to aging infrastructure that threaten both our future economic security and our quality of life. The impacts of a changing climate and severe weather events are exacerbating the problem. The time for climate resilient infrastructure investment is now. We have an opportunity to mitigate the impacts of climate change while supporting existing middle class jobs and creating new ones—this is an opportunity we can't afford to miss.” 

Kathleen Rest, Executive Director, Union of Concerned Scientists – “Communities across the country are already paying a high price in dealing with the impacts of climate change—in both human and economic terms. We applaud President Obama for taking this step to prioritize and direct resources to advance research on climate change impacts; help communities prepare for them; and invest in the technologies and resilient infrastructure that our communities need in order to adapt. There are real costs to climate change, including significant costs of inaction. Even though some in Congress continue to deny the reality of climate change and stall meaningful action, we can’t stand by while communities deal with it on their own. We have an obligation to our children and to the planet we call home. It’s time to invest in both a low carbon economy and in climate-resilient communities and infrastructure.” 

David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance – “If we’re not careful, leaky water valves, crumbling roads, and a worse environment not prepared for the impacts of climate change will be the unfortunate legacy we leave for the next generation. Charting a better economic future means we have to bring our infrastructure into the 21st century and create good, family-sustaining jobs along the way. We need a well-funded and coordinated approach to help us prepare and adapt to climate change impacts. The president’s fund is a first step in this, but more resources must be brought to bear if we are to seriously address this vital issue.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org. Follow us on Twitter (@bgalliance) and like us on Facebook (/bluegreenalliance).

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BlueGreen Alliance: Tier 3 Implementation is a Win for Public Health, Clean Air, and Good Jobs http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-tier-3-implementation-is-a-win-for-public-health-clean-air-and-good-jobs Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:12:30 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-tier-3-implementation-is-a-win-for-public-health-clean-air-and-good-jobs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

 


WASHINGTON, DC (March 3, 2014) – Today, the White House finalized “Tier 3 Standards” for cleaner gasoline—a set of rules to cut sulfur emissions and clean up the fuel that we put in our cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the standards could prevent between 820 and 2,400 premature deaths annually and prevent 1.8 million lost school or work days. BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released the following statement:

“We commend President Obama and EPA for making this investment in our future. By driving American innovation, smart standards like Tier 3 will contribute to healthier families, cleaner skies, a strong auto industry and more opportunity for workers throughout the economy.

“While we couldn’t have gotten here without industry support, the groundswell of support by America’s working families speaks volumes about the importance of these kinds of standards that protect the health of all of us. The benefits of fewer missed work and school days, decreased medical costs, and long-term health effects are priceless.

“In addition, cleaner fuels will also create new jobs at refineries—installing and operating sulfur reduction equipment—and in the automotive sector developing and manufacturing cleaner vehicles. Upgrading refineries could create more than 20,000 construction jobs and more than 5,000 jobs in refinery operations in the first three years of implementation.

“This is exactly the kind of action that America needs to take to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create good jobs for American workers. We’re proud to have supported these standards and urge President Obama and the EPA to take other common-sense steps that will safeguard our communities and strengthen our economy.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

 

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BlueGreen Alliance Praises President’s Proposal to Repair America’s Crumbling Infrastructure http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-praises-presidents-proposal-to-repair-americas-crumbling-infrastructure Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:13:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-praises-presidents-proposal-to-repair-americas-crumbling-infrastructure FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 26, 2014) – Today, President Obama will visit the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility and Union Depot in St. Paul, MN to unveil a new $302 billion proposal to invest in America’s infrastructure like crumbling roads and bridges. The proposal begins to address the BlueGreen Alliance’s Repair America agenda. BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director, David Foster released the following statement:

“Our infrastructure is the foundation on which our country stands and we are all responsible for securing and preserving it. President Obama’s call for a $302 billion, four-year transportation bill takes the necessary steps to address the deferred maintenance and repairs that have added up over decades and to plan for a better future.

“A 19th century infrastructure made of wooden water pipes, pothole-marked roads, lackluster transit options, unsafe bridges, and an overburdened electrical grid won’t cut it in a 21st century economy. Fixing our broken infrastructure will create jobs, waste less money on inefficiencies, help solve climate change, and make our communities safer, healthier and more secure, but we need funding like President Obama’s proposal, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s National Infrastructure Bank legislation, and champions like Senator Amy Klobuchar pushing for innovative infrastructure investment to get it all done.

“In the past, Americans worked together to build this backbone of systems we rely on every day. We owe it to ourselves—and future generations—to once again join together to fix them so that our families and communities are safe, healthy and prepared for climate change.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

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BlueGreen Alliance Statement Applauding Congressman Dingell as He Announces His Retirement http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-applauding-congressman-dingell-as-he-announces-his-retirement Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:33:38 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-applauding-congressman-dingell-as-he-announces-his-retirement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (February 24, 2014) – Today, BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released the following statement on Congressman John Dingell’s (MI) announcement that he will retire at the end of his current term:

“Throughout the almost 60 years Congressman John Dingell has served in Congress, he has been a relentless advocate for the issues that mean the most to America’s working families. As a 2012 Green Jobs Champion, his dedication to policies that build the economy and protect the environment are unmatched. From advocating for manufacturing jobs and a more competitive auto industry to calling for efforts to expand clean energy, his voice in Congress will be missed. ”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

 

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BlueGreen Alliance on Nancy Sutley’s Departure from White House Council on Environmental Quality http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-on-nancy-sutleys-departure-from-white-house-council-on-environmental-quality Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:38:46 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-on-nancy-sutleys-departure-from-white-house-council-on-environmental-quality FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916


WASHINGTON, DC (February 14, 2014) – Today Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and one of President Obama’s longest serving advisors, leaves her position at the White House. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“As the head of the Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley has shown an unparalleled commitment to our country’s most important environmental and economic priorities. She has deftly guided policies into implementation that have helped to expand renewable energy investments, curb carbon pollution emissions, improve vehicle fuel efficiency, and grow the clean energy manufacturing sector.

“We’re grateful for her steadfast leadership guiding the landmark policies that will benefit us all for a long time to come. We wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

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EPA Administrator McCarthy, AFL-CIO President Trumka, Senators Klobuchar and Merkley, Congressional, Business, Labor, and Environmental Leaders Headlined 2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/epa-administrator-mccarthy-afl-cio-president-trumka-senators-klobuchar-and-merkley-congressional-business-labor-and-environmental-leaders-headlined-2014-good-jobs-green-jobs-conference Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/epa-administrator-mccarthy-afl-cio-president-trumka-senators-klobuchar-and-merkley-congressional-business-labor-and-environmental-leaders-headlined-2014-good-jobs-green-jobs-conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916


 Hundreds Attended Conference Focused on Repairing America’s Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Labor, environmental, business, non-profit and civic leaders gathered this week in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The Conference focused on finding solutions to repair America’s infrastructure systems—energy, communications, transportation, water, and buildings, such as schools—to create family-sustaining jobs, address climate change, and keep communities safe and healthy.

Leaders from around the country held and attended dozens of workshops, took part in plenary sessions featuring dynamic speakers, and networked and shared their own experiences creating a stronger, cleaner American economy over two days.

“We’re proud to once again put together the largest discussion in the country on how we can repair America’s infrastructure to create family-sustaining jobs, while ensuring our communities are safe and healthy and America lives up to its obligation to address climate change,” said David Foster, the President of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation. “Now, the leaders who joined us at this Conference will be heading to their hometowns to begin the hard work of moving America forward to a cleaner, more prosperous economy.”

At the Conference, the BlueGreen Alliance awarded its Green Jobs Champion Award to Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Congressman George Miller (CA) in recognition of their efforts to advocate for working families, promote clean energy, and protect the environment.

Previous winners include, Dr. Steven Chu, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Edward Markey (MA) Debbie Stabenow (MI); and U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Henry Waxman (CA).

“Senator Merkley and Congressman Miller are both exemplary leaders in moving America forward to a cleaner, fairer, more efficient economy and creating good jobs for American workers,” said Foster. “We’re proud to honor them both with the Green Jobs Champion Award.”

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 Now in its seventh year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference is focused on repairing the systems Americans rely on every day to address the threat  of climate change, and to ensure the health and safety of our workplaces and our communities. The Conference is coordinated by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation. Find out more at www.greenjobsconference.org

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Time to Take Steps Together Toward a Stronger Economic Future http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-time-to-take-steps-together-toward-a-stronger-economic-future Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-time-to-take-steps-together-toward-a-stronger-economic-future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

 

WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2014) – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the January employment situation, showing the economy added 113,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.6 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“In his State of the Union speech, President Obama unveiled a bold vision that will steer the country towards long-term economic growth, bolster the middle class and better protect communities from the effects of climate change. While job growth continues to increase, it is not at the level that it should be to solve the nation’s unemployment and underemployment problems. In fact, this month’s jobs report confirms that we must take action now by implementing the investment policies that will move the country forward.

“Next week, hundreds of the country’s environmental, business, union and community leaders gather in Washington, D.C. at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. They will be focused on how we can immediately begin to repair our nation’s infrastructure systems, create a more efficient and more prosperous economy with family-sustaining jobs, and address climate change. It is time for Congress to get off its hands and take action to Repair America—they can start by passing the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act authored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).”

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BlueGreen Alliance Reaction to Congressman Waxman’s Retirement http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-reaction-to-congressman-waxmans-retirement Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:02:55 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-reaction-to-congressman-waxmans-retirement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (January 30, 2014) – Today, BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released the following statement on the retirement of Congressman Henry Waxman (CA):

“We’re losing an advocate for a cleaner environment, for addressing climate change, and for reforming chemical safety as strong as we have ever seen in Congress. Congressman Waxman has been an ally to working families and the environment and has spent his entire career leading the charge to address climate change. We’re grateful especially for all of his work spearheading passage of historic legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, that would have transformed energy production in America—the American Clean Energy and Security Act. We will carry on our work to honor his legacy.  We’re proud to have named him a Green Jobs Champion in 2010 and we wish him the best as he moves on from the House of Representatives.”

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BlueGreen Alliance Reaction to the President’s State of the Union Speech http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-reaction-to-the-presidents-state-of-the-union-speech-2 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:51:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-reaction-to-the-presidents-state-of-the-union-speech-2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

BlueGreen Alliance Reaction to the President’s State of the Union Speech

WASHINGTON, DC (January 28, 2014) – Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, the BlueGreen Alliance touted its Repair America campaign as a way to accomplish some of the goals the president laid out to address climate change and create good jobs. BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released the following statement:

“We have the chance to focus our national priorities to ones that reflect the needs of the American people, like creating jobs, increasing competiveness, and protecting communities from the effects of climate change. Tonight, the president set forth for a strong set of objectives that grow the middle-class and creating the new job opportunities our country needs.

“President Obama spoke about making communities more resilient to climate change, something we can do by strengthening and reinforcing our infrastructure—the systems that get us back and forth to work, supply our power and gas, keep us safe from floods when storms rage, and more. Climate change is testing these systems every day and the best insurance policy against these threats is to face the challenges of climate change and our nation's failing infrastructure simultaneously. By doing so, we will create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs.

“Congress should join the President and act on infrastructure and climate change immediately. A great start would be to pass the National Infrastructure and Development Bank Act. Additionally, doubling down on clean energy and energy efficiency investments—and the gains we’ve made on advanced vehicles and vehicle fuel efficiency—will create new demand for cleaner technology and tap into a vast potential to create jobs and drive growth. This will only further benefit American manufacturing, all while helping us address climate change.

“While we continue to wait for Congress to act, we applaud the president’s commitment to make this a year of action. Repairing America, creating good middle-class jobs, confronting the challenge of climate change, and securing our own competitive advantage are the keys to our success. There is no excuse for inaction. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and invest in America’s future.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

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Statement: Bolster the Recovery by Repairing America http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-bolster-the-recovery-by-repairing-america Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:10:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-bolster-the-recovery-by-repairing-america WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2014) – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the December employment situation, showing the economy added 74,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate was lowered to  6.7 percent, a five-year low. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“This report caps off a year of steady progress.  Still, we must do more to bolster our recovery, strengthen our communities and build our competitiveness. Last month and over the past year, manufacturing especially has shown growth—with the sector growing by 9,000 jobs in December and adding 77,000 jobs over 2013. We must double down on the policies that build on our manufacturing successes, like repairing our infrastructure.

“Congress can also help to start the year off right by quickly achieving an agreement to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling over the next few weeks. We’ve seen what can happen when we put the full faith and credit of the United States in question. Our lawmakers must do much more than that though. Infrastructure investments—that can create good jobs for workers, make our systems more efficient and reduce pollution, and protect our families and communities—must also be a priority.

“We owe it to ourselves to renew our commitment to utilizing the proven effective policies that will sustain pro-growth momentum for over the long term, like repairing America’s infrastructure systems.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

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Statement: Fast Track Bill Strips Transparency, Restricts Democratic Process http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-fast-track-bill-strips-transparency-restricts-democratic-process Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-fast-track-bill-strips-transparency-restricts-democratic-process FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (January 9, 2014) – Today, lawmakers introduced a bill granting President Obama the power to move a trade agreement quickly through Congress, called “fast track” trade authority. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster on the legislation:

“The BlueGreen Alliance has grave concerns with the ‘fast track’ trade authority being advanced as a means of moving the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement through Congress quickly, with a minimum of public transparency and input. Fast track is a rarely used Nixon-era procedure that strips Congress’ right to review the contents of a trade pact to discern whether it would promote fair trade, not just free trade. Fast track authority allows only limited debate, prevents any amendments being made to a proposed agreement, supersedes normal Senate and House rules that encourage transparent debate, and allows only an up or down vote, which must be carried out within a short, inflexible time period.

“Two of the founding positions of the BlueGreen Alliance were supporting bargaining rights and taking on the challenge of climate change and it is only the democratic process that allows us to make the progress we need to make. Fast track has the potential to destroy any positive movement we’ve achieved on either addressing climate change or supporting workers’ rights, as it is a direct attack on democracy. Trade deals drafted with no non-government organization participation, and where elected Members of Congress have no real role, can threaten environmental sustainability, the limited rights for U.S. workers that now remain, and America’s fragile manufacturing and tradable service sectors.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/good-jobs-green-jobs Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:24:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/good-jobs-green-jobs Now in its seventh year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will be in Washington, D.C., February 10-11, 2014.

Pre-registration for the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference is now closed. You will still be able to register at the Washington Hilton at the Registration desk.

Registration will be open:

Sunday: Noon-7:00 p.m.
Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

This year’s Conference is focused on repairing the systems Americans rely on every day, whether getting us back and forth to work, supplying our power, keeping us safe from storms and floods, communicating with police and fire during emergencies, or ensuring the institutions where our children learn are safe and healthy. It's time to repair these systems today to create quality, family-sustaining jobs, to address the threat of climate change, and to ensure the health and safety of our workplaces and our communities.

Join thousands of business and community leaders, union members, and environmentalists at Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2014 and take up the call to Repair America. Don’t wait. Learn more

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BlueGreen Alliance Report Shows Minnesota Stands to Gain, Sustain 114,000 Jobs Repairing, Upgrading Infrastructure http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-report-shows-minnesota-stands-to-gain-sustain-114000-jobs-repairing-upgrading-infrastructure-stpaul Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:38:33 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-report-shows-minnesota-stands-to-gain-sustain-114000-jobs-repairing-upgrading-infrastructure-stpaul ST. PAUL, MN (December 12, 2013)  – Labor and environmental leaders today released a new report showing an estimated 114,000 jobs could be created across Minnesota’s economy by making much-needed investments in the basic systems we rely on everyday—including roads and bridges, water, wastewater, transit, energy, and communication systems.

“When we build great infrastructure and repair decrepit public facilities, we set the state for a strong economy. We need to make smart investments to ensure our prosperity,” said State Senator Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis), Chair of the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee. “Minnesotans need more access to jobs and other opportunities via transit, safe and efficient roadways, safe bikeways, and walkable neighborhoods. We all benefit if we succeed at slowing climate change and creating jobs that support families in every part of our state.”

The report identifies needed investments that would have both the greatest impact on job creation and protecting communities from the impacts of climate change.

“Repairing Minnesota’s infrastructure creates good jobs and positively affects business productivity, competiveness, and efficiency—saving money, energy, and other resources as well as reducing carbon pollution that leads to climate change,” said Tarryl Clark from the BlueGreen Alliance. “When it comes to our infrastructure, we all have a dog in this fight. From the economic opportunities, to the environmental and public health benefits—we all want these investments to help communities around the state.”

The report—Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Systems for Climate Change—includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors—like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers—as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and the supply chain. In addition, the report estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services.

“Commercial buildings make up over a third of our energy consumption and 13 percent of drinking water use. They waste, on average, about 30 percent of that energy—contributing 18 percent of U.S. carbon emissions—and they are a part of our infrastructure,” said Pete Parris, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 10. “By making investments to make our building stock more energy and water efficient, we can reduce carbon pollution and energy waste, while creating family-sustaining jobs in manufacturing, construction and other sectors.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure every four years, and in 2013, the nation earned a “D+” average. The report card found that 52 percent of Minnesota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and Minnesota has reported $6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. The inefficiencies in our systems lead to wasted energy and increased carbon pollution that further drives climate change.

“If we combine infrastructure improvements to make our systems more efficient and President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—that includes limits on carbon pollution from power plants not yet built that will spur innovation in our energy sector—we’ll have a common sense approach that reduces the carbon pollution that’s driving climate change, creates family-sustaining jobs, and protects our natural resources,” said John Hottinger, Executive Committee Member of the Northstar Chapter of the Sierra Club. “But, we need to start now. We cannot afford to wait any longer.”

The release is part of the BlueGreen Alliance’s Repair America effort to fix the basic systems people rely on every day—for power, for water, to communicate with each other, and to get people and goods from place to place—which will create family-sustaining jobs, help address climate change, and ensure our communities are safer and healthier.

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Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Tax Credit Award Doubles Down on Clean Energy Manufacturing Expertise http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/department-of-energys-manufacturing-tax-credit-award-doubles-down-on-clean-energy-manufacturing-expertise Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:52:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/department-of-energys-manufacturing-tax-credit-award-doubles-down-on-clean-energy-manufacturing-expertise FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (December 12, 2013) – Today, the Department of Energy announced it is awarding $150 million as part of the Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) program. The award re-launches an effort to encourage manufacturers to produce clean energy technologies. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“We applaud the decision to bring back a wildly successful program that in its first round was credited for creating at least 17,000 jobs. Programs like 48C and other Recovery Act programs have helped to bring about a resurgence in the manufacturing sector. The round of funds released today will continue to build on the gains we’ve made over the past few years by making communities a magnet for jobs and by investing in the future of thousands of skilled workers.

“Companies like Corning, General Motors and Ford Motor Company are deserving recipients of these awards because they are part of the fabric of what has made manufacturing great in this country. Utilizing these previously rescinded funds from the 48C program is a chance to again show that once the playing field is level, American manufacturing has a leg up on the global competition. We need to build on this success and have Congress appropriate another $5 billion for this program that was initially oversubscribed three times over.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

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BlueGreen Alliance Report Shows Minnesota Stands to Gain, Sustain 114,000 Jobs Repairing, Upgrading Infrastructure http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-report-shows-minnesota-stands-to-gain-sustain-114000-jobs-repairing-upgrading-infrastructure-rochester Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:40:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-report-shows-minnesota-stands-to-gain-sustain-114000-jobs-repairing-upgrading-infrastructure-rochester ROCHESTER, MN (December 12, 2013) – Labor and environmental leaders today released a new report showing an estimated 114,000 jobs could be created across Minnesota’s economy by making much-needed investments in the basic systems we rely on everyday—including roads and bridges, water,wastewater, transit, energy, and communication systems.

“Communities around the state are struggling to keep up with the needed investments in infrastructure,” said Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede. “This is something that elected officials at every level have to work together tosolve—for our economy, environment and our future.”

The report identifies needed investments that would have both the greatest impact on job creation and protecting communities from the impacts of climate change.

“Repairing Minnesota’s infrastructure creates good jobs and positively affects business productivity, competiveness, and efficiency—saving money, energy, and other resources as well as reducing carbon pollution that leads to climate change,” said Tarryl Clark from the BlueGreen Alliance. “When it comes to our infrastructure, we all have a dog in this fight. From the economic opportunities, to the environmental and public health benefits—we all want these investments to help communities like Rochester.”

The report—Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Systems for Climate Change—includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors—like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers—as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and the supply chain. In addition, the report estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services.

“Commercial buildings account for 13 percent of drinking water usage and they make up over a third of our energy consumption—of which they waste, on average, 30 percent of that energy,” said Greg Andrist, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 10. “That wasted energy contributes to 18 percent of U.S. carbon emissions. Investments in our building stock—from schools to public buildings to other large buildings—saves more energy and water.  It is a smart choice that will help create family-sustaining jobs in manufacturing, construction and other sectors.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure every four years, and in 2013, the nation earned a “D+” average. The report card found that 52 percent of Minnesota’s  roads are in poor or mediocre condition and Minnesota has reported $6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. The inefficiencies in our systems lead to wasted energy and increased carbon pollution that further drives climate change.

“Making our infrastructure safer and more efficient, when combined with efforts like the President Obama’s Climate Action Plan that includes limits on carbon pollution from power plants not yet built that will spur innovation in our energy sector, will help reduce carbon pollution that’s driving climate change, create family-sustaining jobs, and protect our natural resources,” said Clark. “We’re wasting far too much energy and water due to the inefficiencies in theses systems. We need action now.”

The release is part of the BlueGreen Alliance’s Repair America effort to fix the basic systems people rely on every day—for power, for water, to communicate with each other, and to get people and goods from place to place—which will create family-sustaining jobs, help address climate change, and ensure our communities are safer and healthier.

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BlueGreen Alliance Report Shows Minnesota Stands to Gain, Sustain 114,000 Jobs By Repairing, Upgrading Infrastructure http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-report-shows-minnesota-stands-to-gain-sustain-114000-jobs-by-repairing-upgrading-infrastructure Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:48:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-report-shows-minnesota-stands-to-gain-sustain-114000-jobs-by-repairing-upgrading-infrastructure DULUTH, MN – Duluth Mayor Don Ness joined labor and environmental leaders today as they released a new report showing an estimated 114,000 jobs could be created across the state’s economy by making much-needed investments in the basic systems we rely on everyday—including roads and bridges, water, wastewater, transit, energy, and communication systems.

The report identifies needed investments that would have both the greatest impact on job creation and protecting communities from the impacts of climate change.

“Repairing Minnesota’s infrastructure creates good jobs and positively affects business productivity, competiveness, and efficiency—saving money, energy, and other resources as well as reducing carbon pollution that leads to climate change,” said Tarryl Clark from the BlueGreen Alliance. “When it comes to our infrastructure, we all have a dog in this fight. From the economic opportunities, to the environmental and public health benefits—we all want these investments to help communities like Duluth.”

The report—Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Systems for Climate Change—includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors—like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers—as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and the supply chain. In addition, the report estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services.

“Infrastructure impacts all of us—everyday, in almost every moment of our day. It is the backbone of our society. Whether we’re driving to work, charging our phones, grabbing something from the refrigerator, taking a vacation—there’s infrastructure behind all of it,” said Dan Olson from the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA). “Fixing our infrastructure will create and sustain good jobs needed right now. We need to put pressure on leadership at all levels of government to Repair Minnesota and America to create family-sustaining jobs, reduce the pollution driving climate change, and ensure our communities are safe and healthy.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure every four years, and in 2013, the nation earned a “D+” average. The report card found that 52 percent of the state’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition. The inefficiencies in our systems lead to wasted energy and increased carbon pollution that further drives climate change.

“To respond to the threat of climate change and preparing our communities for its impacts, we need strong and reliable infrastructure systems,” said John Doberstein, from the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter. “We must also expand renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced transportation technologies; developing a robust manufacturing sector; and creating healthy and safe workplaces and communities with strong, family-sustaining jobs. That’s why I support these investments along with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, introduced this summer. It’s a commonsense and comprehensive solution.”

The release is part of the BlueGreen Alliance’s Repair America effort to fix the basic systems people rely on every day—for power, water, to communicate with each other, and to get people and goods from place to place—which will create family-sustaining jobs, help address climate change, and ensure our communities are safer and healthier.

You can view the full report at www.bluegreenalliance.org/repairmn.

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Senator Sherrod Brown, Progressive Leaders to Release Report Focused on Building Up U.S. Clean Economy Leadership http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/senator-sherrod-brown-progressive-leaders-to-release-report-focused-on-building-up-u-s-clean-economy-leadership Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/senator-sherrod-brown-progressive-leaders-to-release-report-focused-on-building-up-u-s-clean-economy-leadership New Report Offers Bold Strategy to Lead 21st Century Green Industrial Transformation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) today joined leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance, the Institute for America’s Future, and the Center for American Progress to release a new report that offers a bold strategy to lead a 21st century green industrial transformation. The report, The Green Industrial Revolution and the United States: In the Clean Energy Race, Is the United States a Leader or a Luddite?, proposes maximizing the national strength of U.S. manufacturing by employing a region focused strategy for clean energy manufacturing. 

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“We can’t replace a dependence on foreign oil for a dependence on foreign-made clean energy components. Today’s report shows how investing in the competitiveness of America’s clean energy industry can create jobs, lower costs for consumers, and boost exports,” said Sen. Brown.

In 2012, according to the Pew Charitable Trust’s ranking of global clean energy, China took the top spot in clean energy development, leading in financing for solar, wind and other renewables. The United States led all nations in biofuel technologies, energy efficiency, and continued its leadership in venture capital investment. America also excelled in research and development (R&D), with public and private R&D accounting for 29 percent of the world total that year. But now key tax and spending programs are facing cutbacks or termination at the federal level. To succeed, the U.S. should develop a clear strategy and stick to it.

"The green industrial revolution has already begun.  It will inescapably be a leading source of jobs, innovation and dynamism in the next decades. The countries that forge the lead here will reap the benefits in good jobs, expanding markets, and global leadership against the threats already being posed by catastrophic climate changes," said Robert Borosage, Founder and President of the Institute for America’s Future and a member of the BlueGreen Alliance Advisory Board. “This report outlines a strategy that builds on America's strengths—combining a regional approach with proactive national policies that provides a sensible way forward."

The report examines the increasing efforts of China and other economic powers to capture clean economy jobs, highlighting the long-term, top-down approach being taken.

“We’ve seen great clean energy successes here at the national level in the U.S.—including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—but our real strength will come from bottom-up regional action,” said Kate Gordon, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and board member of the Apollo Alliance Project of the BlueGreen Alliance. “Energy is an inherently regional issue, and a top-down, one size fits all approach won’t cut it. It’s time for Washington to step up and promote regional clean energy strategies as part of an overall national commitment to taking action on climate change.”

Recognizing the importance of regional differences in moving to cleaner energy to address climate change and to ensure that the energy supply in the U.S. is diversified, the report argues for using economic development principles and funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce—utilizing their existing infrastructure—to achieve those goals.

“Backward-looking ideologues have pitted good jobs against the environment for far too long. Even some of their erstwhile allies in the energy sector are waking up to the reality that we need a different set of policies to address the undeniable reality of climate change,” said Derek Pugh, co-author and Senior Fellow at Campaign for America’s Future. “This report adds to the case for a green industrial revolution in which we rebuild our decaying infrastructure, capture new markets and narrow our trade deficit, and provide skilled jobs at good wages for millions of unemployed and under-employed people.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy.
www.bluegreenalliance.org.

The Institute for America’s Future is a center of nonpartisan research and education devoted to shaping a compelling progressive agenda and message.
http://ourfuture.org/about-us/institute 

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just,
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BlueGreen Alliance Statement on the Departure of Gary Guzy from the Office of Environmental Quality http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-on-the-departure-of-gary-guzy-from-the-office-of-environmental-quality Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:28:36 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/latest/bluegreen-alliance-statement-on-the-departure-of-gary-guzy-from-the-office-of-environmental-quality FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Erin Bzymek, erinb@bluegreenalliance.org, 202-706-6916

WASHINGTON, DC (December 9, 2013) – Today, Gary S. Guzy, Deputy Director of the Office of Environmental Quality, announced his departure from the administration. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:

“As Gary Guzy moves on from his time at the Office of Environmental Quality, we wish to express gratitude for his service and for his fair and thoughtful leadership over the years. His work was essential to the historic agreement that led to the rebirth of the American auto industry and the creation of over one million jobs.

“Gary has helped guide the U.S. through some of the most difficult but important challenges we’ve faced in our generation. With his departure, we’re losing a steadfast advocate for a cleaner environment and a stronger economy. We wish Gary the best of luck on his future endeavors.”      

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a clean economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.


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