Weatherization Equals Jobs, Energy Savings

The Blue Green Alliance released a statement after the release of the Middle Class Task Force's Recovery Through Retrofit report, calling energy efficiency a key strategy for creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions.

October 19, 2009

Middle Class Task Force Report Demonstrates Jobs and Energy Savings in Weatherization

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 19, 2009) Following the release of the Middle Class Task Force’s report, Recovery Through Retrofit, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director David Foster:

“The release of this report today by the Middle Class Task Force demonstrates once again that there are enormous benefits to be reaped – in the form of jobs and energy savings – by embarking on an effort to weatherize America’s homes, a key strategy for reducing global warming emissions.

“While the construction industry was hard hit by this economic downturn, there are new opportunities to create good, high-road construction jobs that will not only build strong communities by putting people back to work, but will also benefit families in the form of energy savings.

“The Middle Class Task Force is to be commended for their efforts to create good jobs in the green economy.”

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The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. The BlueGreen Alliance includes the Sierra Club, United Steelworkers, Communications Workers of America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Service Employees International Union, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Utility Workers Union of America and American Federation of Teachers.