US pledges to fund green jobs

The United States is set to invest billions of dollars into the green economy in an effort to boost middle class employment opportunities.

At a Middle Class Task Force meeting yesterday, May 26, Joe Biden vice president called on the Council of Environmental Quality to report back in 90 days on ways to expand green opportunities and energy savings.

Such proposals could include, according to Mr Biden, expanding retrofitting of commercial buildings, making American homes more energy efficient and developing better tools to help people find green jobs.

The government has previously said about $4bn from its $787bn economic stimulus would be used to green public housing.

“People ask me all the time – how can we expand opportunities for green jobs? How does a green economy help middle class families?” said Mr Biden.

“That’s why I am asking for proposals that expand those opportunities, and boost energy savings for the middle class.”

“We also want to identify and advance policies that will facilitate the continued growth of our energy efficiency sector, powered by private funds.

“The time has come to move toward a stronger national market in energy efficiency services, one that can evolve national training standards and be propelled by revolving loan funds and other forms of private financing.”

Luke Walsh

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