Union Members, Environmentalists Continue Cross-Country Bus Tour to Demand Senate Action on Clean Energy Jobs
Denver, CO – A bus tour that highlighted the potential to create good American jobs by passing comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate stopped in Denver today urging Senators Udall and Bennet to support action on comprehensive legislation that will create and save millions of American, clean energy jobs, including over 30,000 jobs in Colorado.
“Nearly 1 out of 10 Americans are still out of work and we need action now to create and preserve millions of jobs across the country,” said Mary Broderick, IBEW Local 68 and FRESC. “We have a solution right at our fingertips — we can create good jobs here in Colorado 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 be developing and manufacturing the technology to harness American energy here at home,” said Mark Mullholand from USW Local 1915 in Ohio. “We cannot afford to let China take the millions of jobs that could be created in America by transitioning to clean energy.”
“Comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation will put America back on the path to economic success — revitalizing current industries and creating new ones, establishing the United States as the undisputed leader in clean energy technologies, and creating good American clean energy jobs now,” said Leon Weeks, a member of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5965 in Freeport, Michigan.
The tour will continue to stops in Arkansas and Missouri and wraps up on September 3 in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.
“’The Job’s Not Done’ Tour is our reminder that millions of people are out of work, and that clean energy is the best way to jumpstart the American economy. We need the Senate to get back to work and get the job done — for our families, the economy, our environment, and the future,” said Marie De Cambra, State Director, Democracia.