Union Members, Environmentalists Continue Cross-Country Bus Tour to Demand Senate Action on Clean Energy Jobs
CHICAGO, IL – A bus tour that highlights the potential to create good American jobs by passing comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate stopped in Chicago Tuesday urging Senators Burris and Durbin to support action on comprehensive legislation that will create and save millions of American, clean energy jobs, including up to 68,000 jobs in Illinois.
“Nearly 1 out of 10 Americans are still out of work. We need action now to create and preserve millions of jobs across the country,” said Peter Ruff, Administrator of Chicagoland Laborers’ Training and Apprentice Center. “We have a solution right at our fingertips — we can create good jobs here in Illinois with clean energy.”
The Job’s Not Done tour will travel to 17 states — with more than 30 stops along the way — and feature clean energy workers, union members and environmentalists urging Senate action on important job-creating clean energy legislation. Workers on The Job’s Not Done Tour worry that China will take the millions of potential jobs that will result from the transition to a clean energy economy.
“Instead of importing clean energy technologies, we should develop and manufacture the technology to harness American energy here at home,” said Mark Mullholand, a member of USW Local 1915 in Fremont, Ohio. “We can’t afford to let China take the millions of jobs that could be created in America by transitioning to clean energy.”
The tour will continue to Wisconsin and wraps up on September 3 in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.
“This tour is a reminder that millions of people are out of work, and clean energy is the best way to jumpstart the American economy. We need lawmakers to get back to work and get the job done — for our families, the economy, our environment, and the future,” said Victoria Cooper, Director of Environmental Technology Programs at Wright College.