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Washington, D.C. – With job creation dominating the national debate and members of Congress returning to Washington, we have the opportunity to harness the rapid growth of the green sector to transform our economy, create jobs, and increase competitiveness through investments in green technology, infrastructure and R&D. Please join the Center for American Progress’s Kate Gordon, Vice President for Energy Policy, and Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, for a press call today, Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET, to discuss the ways the clean energy investments can create American jobs, revive our stagnant economy and increase our competitiveness in this growing sector of the global economy.
Today, the Center for American Progress released “Top 10 Ways Green Jobs Are Vital to the Economy,” which lists economic gains across the clean economy and “A Star Turn for Energy Efficiency Jobs: Energy Efficiency Must Have a Starring Role in Putting America Back to Work,” which emphasizes that building retrofit investments, driven by the private sector, is smart public policy.
The clean tech sector grew at a rate of 8.3 percent annually from 2003 to 2010—nearly double the growth rate of the overall economy. The 2.7 million jobs created in the clean energy economy over the same time period surpasses even the heavily subsidized fossil fuel industry, according to a recent Brookings Institute study. Furthermore, energy efficiency measures such as building retrofit investments are driven by the private sector through targeted incentives, not government programs, drawing private capital to create lasting American jobs and goods that have over 90 percent of content made in here in the United States.
Kate Gordon, Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress
Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Call info: 877.210.8943
Conference ID: 98478847
Please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.481.8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Please note, this call will be recorded. By participating in the call, you consent to being recorded.**