Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs and Earth Day
On the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the BlueGreen Alliance joined with the United Steelworkers and Alliance for American Manufacturing to provide important information on clean energy manufacturing jobs.
As we mark the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010, our nation is making strides towards a clean energy economy. It is critical that, as we undergo this transition, clean energy policies not only achieve our environmental goals, but our economic ones as well by making sure all workers throughout our economy play a role. The development and deployment of clean energy production has the potential to both maintain existing manufacturing jobs and create millions of new opportunities.
In his January 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama touted the creation of new jobs in the solar industry that, in his words, “can’t be outsourced overseas.” Yet, visible flaws in our policies warrant the attention of Congress to ensure that American tax dollars are used to create jobs here at home instead of in factories in China and other foreign competitors.