Recovery Act: The Most Important Energy Bill in U.S History
Source: Grist, Bracken Hendricks and Jorge Madrid (2/16/11)
"Comprehensive energy reform will create millions of jobs in the U.S."
Across the portfolio of Recovery Act clean energy programs demand exceeds expectations in some cases with programs receiving far more qualified applicants than current funding allows. That's why, as part of the jobs package, the president is urging Congress to act calling for additional clean energy investments, including home weatherization and advanced energy manufacturing tax credits, which could put even more Americans to work immediately.
The global competition to develop technologies for a clean energy economy is underway. We don't want to lose that competition and see tomorrow's technology and jobs of built overseas. The Recovery Act investments are a good start, stimulating American innovation and investment necessary for the U.S. to lead a new energy future. But to achieve that, we must also pass comprehensive energy reform. This will help unlock the true potential of the millions of jobs needed for the clean energy economy of tomorrow.