Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Green Jobs Potential Builds Support for House Climate Bill

Growing awarenss of the potential for green job creation and economic recovery is causing on-the-fence democrats (and maybe some republicans) to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Joe Hebert and Dina Cappiello at Associated Press report:

"Most Republicans are expected to oppose the bill, which would for the first time limit nationwide emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. That has prompted an intense effort by Pelosi and the bill's leading sponsors to draw in reluctant Democrats with a string of concessions - mostly aimed at defusing GOP claims that the legislation amounts to a massive energy tax on average Americans and will kill U.S. jobs.

'Both of those bubbles have been bursted,' Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., told reporters Wednesday, because lawmakers are becoming convinced the bill will create "green" energy jobs and mitigate the economic impact for energy-intensive industries such as those in his state. 'We have been taking people out of the 'no' column, into the 'undecided' column into the 'yes' column,' said Doyle. 'The momentum is coming to 'yes.'" See full article Washington Post.

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