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Rev. Jesse Jackson on Energy & Oil

Civil Rights Activist


We need Senate to pass a climate bill & end oil subsidies

Right now, America lacks a clear direction for energy policy. Our current path favors big oil and coal interests, which don't offer the potential job growth of a clean energy economy. Offshore drilling provides a few thousand jobs nationwide, but, as the BP oil spill recently demonstrated, can jeopardize millions of other jobs in other industries such as fishing and tourism. The status quo, quite simply, is not working: We need the Senate to pass a strong climate bill that will boost investment in these sectors and provide broad job opportunities in renewable energy.

Ending the subsidies that make dirty fuels artificially cheap can spark a shift in infrastructure development, create more jobs and allow America to become more self-sufficient.

The choice is clear. We can sit idly as China and Germany invest in clean energy--a soon-to-be $8 trillion world market--or we can step up, get Americans back in the work force and export the best clean energy vehicles and technology.

Source: CNN article, "Green Economy", by J.Jackson & Kathleen Rogers , Aug 24, 2010

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