I'd been led to expect big things from my first night at a Power Shift conference--and I gotta say, it didn't disappoint! Having been to my share of progressive conferences in the past, I can say that this was an entirely different animal. Thanks to the sheer size of the crowd and its energy, the excitement in the air was contagious. (Check out the slide show at the end of this post!)
This week, President Obama presented his budgetary plan for the United States stating that our government must “invest in the three areas that are absolutely critical to our economic future: energy, health care, and education." Obama's energy policy marks a sea change away from the archaic energy regulations of George W. Bush. Think Progress' Wonk Room reports on the details of Obama's energy plan:
On Thursday, February 5th, hundreds of colleges, K-12 schools, churches, and other organizations will host day-long dialogues on how America should tackle global warming. From the website:
February 5th, 2009, at the beginning of the first 100 days of the new administration, the National Teach-In on Global Warming will engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue. As educators, students and citizens, we owe our nation a focused conversation about the critical decisions that will determine if our descendants will inherit a prosperous or an impoverished planet.
Since the inauguration, the world has watched intently as President Obama has hit the ground running. This week, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009--the much needed economic recovery package--and now the bill goes over to the Senate for a vote. As I said in my last post, this stimulus package begins a green transition for America--a transition that will put millions of Americans back to work and simultaneously green our economy by investing in weatherization, efficiency, as well as improved mass transit. According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's website, the bill passed by the House includes the necessary facets to start laying a foundation for a new green economy and includes the following:
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This recovery package will help to create and save nearly 4 million jobs and revive our struggling economy, as well as invest in necessary public works which will better position the United States for a prosperous future. The stimulus package begins a green transition for America, investing in an estimated 500,000 green-collar jobs that will simultaneously put Americans back to work and help to end our dependence on fossil fuels, significantly reduce global warming pollution and save businesses and individuals money on energy bills.