In Washington, we’ve been
on the edge of our seats! After the House passed a stimulus package
last week, the Senate has been working all week on their version, amidst
much partisan tension and political pressure. The stimulus, which
may be over $900 billion, will hopefully include billions of dollars
towards investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green
This week, as part of the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions, campuses all over the country held talks about climate change and the bold solutions that are necessary and achievable in the first 100 days of Obama's administration.
That's the number you'll see all over the news today--the unemployment rate announced today by the Labor Department. The economy is hemorraging jobs at a faster rate than anyone anticipated:
Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. The grim figures were further proof that the nation's job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.
Those 2 million jobs that the green investments in the stimulus bill would create sure look pretty good right now. Let's make it happen: call your senators today and tell them to keep the stimulus green!