The surest way to spark the economy is to create a new industry for which there is a global demand. Countries that recognize this fact are investing billions of dollars in infrastructure to insure THEIR corporations will be lead the world in manufacturing & technology, leaving the rest of us to be their customers.
Some projects are just too big for private industry to do alone. Under the Clinton Administration, opening the Internet... a government project... to the public created an entire new industry that resulted in tens of millions of new jobs.
The next big technology wave will be "Green Technology". Low-cost, renewable, pollution-free energy and the products that use it, will be the industries of tomorrow. And we can either be the country that everyone else looks to for the latest technology breakthroughs, or one of the multitude of countries forced to pay whatever price the leading nations choose.
Two quick and easy (and economical) ways to create tens of thousands of new jobs that foster skills for the jobs of tomorrow, while simultaneously building infrastructure, saving money on energy and reducing greenhouse emissions:
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.
Sometimes Private industry needs Government to lead the way.
No one corporation, nor even a conglomerate of businesses, could of provided the infrastructure needed to create the Internet... a global network that has fostered entire industries, opened societies, and transformed the entire planet. Sometimes, only something on the scale of the most powerful government on the face of the Earth can bear the investment in infrastructure, jobs and technology to birth an entire new industry. The result was an economic boom felt the world over.
While private industry waits for customers before investing in green technology and hiring workers to fill those orders, potential workers sit on the sidelines, unwilling to spend until they find jobs. It's a vicious circle.
We, the undersigned, fervently believe that the best way to get the economy moving again while countering the effects of Global Climate Change is for the Federal Government to invest in Green Jobs & Green Technology with a massive Green Jobs Program.
Your consideration is appreciated and desperately anticipated.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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