Thousands of, environmentalists, laborers and other individuals from across the nation packed into the Washington Hilton, Tuesday, to learn how some of the 8.2 million American jobs lost could be recovered through the acceleration of a green economy.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis among other leaders privy to what is becoming known as America’s “Green Revolution,” spoke to the audience.
“Protecting the environment protects us all. It’s an issue of national security,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi outlined what she determined to be the three pillars of President Barack Obama’s budget: investment in health care, education and clean energy. According to Pelosi, the current focus of President Barack Obama’s administration involves investing in clean energy, which would in turn create green jobs in America.
“The green revolution is a good job creator,” Pelosi said. In order to have the revolution truly take off, Pelosi spoke on the crucial role of the private sector. “If we cannot, in our jobs, attract the private sector, we will not be successful,” Pelosi said.
Secretary Solis shared Pelosi’s sentiment and spoke on the importance of job creation and the need to keep jobs in America. According to Solis, the United States will be competing with China and India. In order for green jobs to find a stronghold in America, attracting investment is imperative.
“Venture capitalists are saying, ‘give me a good policy that I can follow,”’ Solis said. According to Solis, venture capitalists are investing in green corporations, but they’re not investing to the level in which they should because United States policy is lacking. Fixing policy to generate green jobs across the country is the nation’s current priority according to Solis.
“This is a good career investment on your part if you take up the initiative,” Solis said. According to Solis she expects green jobs to pay 10 to 30 percent higher than comparable jobs available today.
Written by Steve Bert, Sierra Club Youth Delegate
Picture below by Tara Arthur, Sierra Club Youth Delegate, featuring
Rhashan Kendricks posing a question during the session.