Failing to Play in the 21st Century Economy Will Cost America Good Jobs

After the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing today, David Foster said, "Instead of holding 'dog and pony' shows, it's time Congress to work on a jobs plan that will drive our economy forward."

September 22, 2011

Creating, Maintaining Good Jobs in America Requires Smart Policies and Strategic Investments in Industries of the 21st Century

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2011) After the hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today on the so-called failure of green jobs, the BlueGreen Alliance issued the following statement from Executive Director David Foster:

“While Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee would like Americans to believe that green jobs are a myth, they could not be more wrong, or more misguided on their so-called attempts to create jobs for the American people.

“The investments in the Recovery Act – which spurred economic growth in industries like transportation and transit, renewable energy, and efficiency – positioned America to compete in a 21st century global economy. The $93 billion in green investments created or saved nearly 1 million jobs.

“So instead of holding ‘dog and pony’ shows like the one today, it’s time Congress gets to work passing a jobs plan that will drive our economy forward and ensure we can compete in the industries of the 21st century. If we fail to invest now in the industries of the future, the U.S. economy – and the tens of millions of Americans who are hoping for a new job opportunity – will be left in the dust.”