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Washington House Passes Bill to Create Green Jobs

The Washington State House has voted to establish a comprehensive "green economy jobs growth initiative" that aims to increase the number of green jobs to 25,000 by 2020. "Green jobs" is the term used to describe the good-paying, sustainable jobs that are created through environmentally sensible projects. For example, increased energy efficiency requirements will require work retrofitting buildings all across America with solar panels, insulation and other weatherizing materials. The federal Green Jobs Act of 2007, which authorized $125 million per year to create green jobs worker training programs, was included in the recently enacted Energy Independence and Security Act.

Mass Transit Projects Provide Transportation Equity and Workforce Development

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spent less than 24 hours reviewing a transit plan that would create jobs, increase safety, fund better local public transit, and reduce gridlock on the state's roads before he vetoed it. The transit package was backed by a wide coalition of unions, the Chamber of Commerce, and environmental advocacy groups. In calling for the legislature to overturn the veto, the state's AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron said that the sorry condition of roads, bridges, and transit services in the state "has a negative impact on every worker and business in the state. Investments in our transportation infrastructure would help our state's businesses -- and create 33,000 jobs a year for the next five years."

Bold Plan for Carbon Tax Introduced in Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon city officials introduced a bold new plan that would require energy efficiency measures in each new home built. The plan would impose a carbon fee on builders for each new home that is not extremely energy efficient and also require an energy efficiency report be done by home inspectors as part of every existing home sale. The plan would also pay cash rewards to developers who built buildings that save at least 45% more energy than the Oregon building code would require. The City Council will start public hearings on the plan in January.

Florida Gov. Crist Looks to Enact Sweeping Climate Change Action

 

To cap off a two day climate change summit, Florida's Governor Charlie Crist plans to sign several executive orders into effect that could propel Florida into the top echelon of states addressing climate change and make it the first state in the Southeast to take significant action.  The plan includes: