US tour drives home clean energy jobs message

Legislation that would create and save millions of jobs across the US by building a  clean energy economy has stalled, while nations like China are forging ahead, the BlueGreen Alliance has reminded legislators.

The US alliance, a coalition of union and environmental groups, kicked off a ‘Job’s Not Done Tour’ this week. The 30-city bus tour will run until 3 September.

Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a member of the alliance, said: “By failing to take action on these important clean energy policies, we are missing a huge opportunity to create good jobs now. Currently we are 16th in the world in the percentage of citizens with access to broadband. Expansion will not only create jobs, save Americans money and make our country more efficient, it will lead to the sustainable communities that are such an important part of our future.”

JOBS DRIVE The US is not in the fast lane when it comes to green job creation.

The initiative aims to demonstrate nationwide support for creating clean energy jobs, including manufacturing clean energy technologies, building the 21st century broadband network, building a smart grid transmission system and making our homes and commercial buildings more efficient.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said earlier this month that the US needs a comprehensive approach to energy and climate issues, “one that will invest in our future and create good jobs. It is vital to the national security, economic, and environmental interest of the nation.”

Michael Langford, president of the Utility Workers said: “Building a smart grid that transmits cleaner, renewable energy will create good jobs, and we need to take action to make those jobs a reality now.

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