Americans Need the Jobs Clean Energy Will Create

The BlueGreen Alliance released a statement from Executive David Foster after the 2010 midterm elections on November 2, 2010.

November 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2010) The BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director David Foster following the 2010 midterm elections:

“Yesterday’s election was about jobs. Too many Americans are still struggling and job creation must continue to be our top priority.

“Meanwhile, Californians yesterday delivered a decisive victory for the first-ever referendum on clean energy policies – choosing clean energy and the creation of a hundreds of thousand jobs across the state as a path to economic recovery. With the defeat of Proposition 23, the stage is set for the rest of America to follow California’s lead.

“It is critical that President Obama and Congress join together to pass key measures that will create jobs and continue the task of building America’s clean energy infrastructure.

“Immediate passage of key job-creating clean energy measures – including a federal Renewable Electricity Standard, Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, Home Star and Building Star, Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, Section 1603 energy credit, the IMPACT Act, proper investments to implement the National Broadband Plan, funding of the green schools initiative in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, renewal of the Section 136 Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loans, a transportation reauthorization bill, and industrial energy efficiency measures – will jumpstart the clean energy economy and start putting people back to work.

“Last week, the wind industry reported the slowest quarter since 2007 – with the U.S. installing wind projects at half the rate as in Europe and a third of the rate as in China in 2010. We need immediate action to ensure that America does not cede renewable energy industries to Europe and China.

“Americans need the jobs that clean energy will create. We look forward to working with Congress and the Obama administration to pass and implement policies that will strengthen our economy and provide opportunities for workers across America.”