The Dernogalizer

April 19, 2009

MD Jobs Generator

This is a biased article post.  My friend and fellow activist Tommy Landers is the guy in the picture holding the report.  It looks like his organization Environment Maryland just pulled off a great media event with Congressman John Sarbanes and timed it with a report on how part of Obama’s budget on energy really helps clean up the environment and create jobs.  The article link is here  and some excerpts are below

“Sarbanes, a Democrat from the state’s 3rd District, said he was optimistic that Obama’s plans for developing renewable energy and focusing on environmental sustainability could generate millions of jobs across the country. Oil companies could lose billions in tax subsidies and big industries could be forced to cover so-called “polluters pay” fees – a possibility that likely will lead to a showdown in Congress.”

“Obama’s plan would also shift more than $17 billion from “polluters pay” fees into the Superfund Trust Fund – the federal program for cleaning the most polluted sites in the country.”

“Dennis L. Martire, a vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the Laborers’ International Union of America, said the union is trying to help its members retrain for jobs in the emerging clean-energy industry. The programs involve teaching weatherization techniques for buildings so contractors will be able to hire qualified workers.”

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