This week, people of all classes, colors and faiths stood together to
elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States. No matter
which candidate you supported, today we can be proud that voters chose
a man of such uncommon decency to lead our nation.
5 Million 'Green Jobs' Will Jumpstart Economy
At Green For All, we are especially excited that Obama
has said building a new energy economy will be his top priority
once he gets to the White House. He has pledged to
create 5 million green jobs. We support this commitment-
The time for America's transition to a high-employment, low-carbon
economy has come. President Obama's plan to create green jobs will help America
fight poverty and pollution at the same time. It will put millions of
people to work in private sector jobs. They will manufacture wind turbines,
install solar panels, weatherize millions of buildings and more.
This massive effort to retrofit and repower America has great potential
to jumpstart the economy, to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and to
restore America's standing in the world. It is an idea that should
unite the country. It's time for a Green New Deal.
Obama's Opponents Already Gearing Up
But the truth is: delivering on this promise won't be easy. Obama will
need tons of help from people across America. And already the guardians
of the status quo are gearing up to block progress.
CNN reported yesterday that ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron Corp. are
forecasting doom and gloom for America's economy and high energy
prices, under Obama's administration. And the Heritage Foundation just
released a report calling green jobs "phantom jobs" and arguing that
tackling the climate crisis will result in a net loss of work
opportunities for America.
Fortunately, many other, more credible reports show just the opposite -
including a recent one entitled Green Recovery
from PERI and the Center for American Progress. These studies show that
an expanded clean energy sector will create many more jobs than we will
lose from reducing pollution-based jobs. Plus our society will enjoy
additional savings from fewer resource wars and less climate disruption.
Supporting President Obama
The new administration can fashion a Green New Deal to help the people
and the planet. But it will only happen if he gets strong support from national,
grassroots organizations like ours. We want to make sure that Americans
can hear the champions of green growth over all the noise from the
Green For All, we will continue to put forth concrete proposals to spur
green growth, continue to call for economic progress and ecological sanity, and continue
to connect the people who most need work, to the work that most needs
to get done.
And as soon as the nation is done celebrating, I
will be reaching out to you, seeking your support as we continue to
build a movement that can deliver on the promise of a green economic
renaissance for the United States of America.
Help us help Obama
President and Founder, Green For All
Author of The New York Times bestseller: The Green Collar Economy