First, retrofit thousands of Federal office buildings across the country to reduce their energy usage and emissions, creating not only construction jobs, but promote businesses that produce solar panels, insulation, building materials, insulated windows, etc (all the while saving future tax dollars spent on energy usage).
At the same time, contract thousands of hybrid postal delivery vehicles that only American automakers (who are struggling right now) can bid on. Not only will the vehicles use less gas and produce less emissions, it will help U.S. automakers put in the infrastructure needed to start building hybrid vehicles that can compete with imports and be sold around the world.
All of this can be done for less than the cost of bailing out one big Wall Street firm, with a FAR greater impact on the Main Street economy.
With record heatwaves, fires, floods and melting icecaps, the need to focus on Green energy is not only vital to the ecology, but to our future economy as well. Even those who refuse to believe in Global Warming would be fools to reject an opportunity to become a world leader in the next big global industry.
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