WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2013) – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the June unemployment statistics, showing the economy gained 195,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:
“The economy is gradually gaining strength, but there is more we can achieve. We can start with replacing the across the board budget cuts of the sequester with investments in our infrastructure.
“The systems we rely on every day — our roads and bridges; transit and rail; energy transmission; water treatment and delivery; and communications networks — are not ready for the worst impacts of climate change. It’s time to heed the call for action President Obama spoke about last week to safeguard our communities, create good jobs for the American people and build a stronger economy by addressing the reality of climate change today. The priorities set forth in our Repair America campaign have broad support. They’re common-sense priorities proven to clear the path to long-term economic growth and better protecting communities from the effects of climate change.
“We can’t afford to wait to make the necessary investments to fix our most basic systems, eliminate inefficiencies, cut carbon pollution, and create good jobs across the economy. Failure to act now will be far more costly both for the economy and the environment in the long run.”