Monday, October 20, 2008

Clean energy for a new economy

Congressional Democrats told DowJones Newswires today that they'll try to spin their climate bill as a necessary part of the nation's economic recovery plan next year. The question is if Dems can get support to spend $6 to $8 trillion over the next decade on green technology and renewable energy when the financial system is in upheaval and the economy is in the tank.
Here in Oregon it seems Sen. Ron Wyden and Gov. Kulongoski are thinking the same thing -- the key to economic recovery will be investing in a green future. I spoke to the Governor on Friday on a tour of the new SolarWorld plant in Hillsboro. He said now is not the time to retreat, but to increase the state's investment in renewable energy job creation.

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