Saturday, August 1, 2009

Senators are going on break next week.

When they return on September 8, the Senate will tackle historic legislation that could create new jobs and opportunities in a clean energy economy while imposing strong new standards that limit global warming pollution.

Let's give them something to think about while they're home.

First on their minds should be our degrading environment and families struggling in these tough economic times. The Senate must pass a strong climate and energy bill that shifts us away from a fossil fuel economy and ensures access to quality jobs and job training for communities in need. Along with strong environmental provisions, the bill must include:

1. The Green Construction Careers Demonstration Project
A provision that would create middle class careers in the green economy for low-income Americans by improving access to, and the quality of, jobs in construction - the sector that will see the most job creation as we invest in (literally) building a green economy.

2. Funding for The Green Jobs Act
An existing program that ensures workers suffering the worst effects of the recession and of pollution will get the training and support they need to prepare for family-sustaining careers and that businesses will get the skilled workers they need to compete in the green economy.
Tell Your Senators to Pass a Strong Climate and Energy Bill this Fall.

You have power. When you stood up last month, the House of Representatives responded by passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act with our provisions included. Now it's the Senate's turn.

We've fought hard to get to this point and it would not have happened without you. Getting over the finish line will not be easy. We will need your strength and support in the coming months.

Thank you for standing with us.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Chief Executive Officer
Green For All

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