Please note that the League's priority issues for 2009 will be set at the LWVUS Board of Directors meeting in the last week of January, after this issue has been printed and mailed. Because The National Voter is published just three times yearly, we strongly urge you to check the League Web site periodically (www.lwv.org; click on "Take Action") for the most current information on our priority issues and current action opportunities. We also urge you to sign up for the Grassroots Lobby Corps (see box at the end of Hill Bulletin).
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE (AND THE ECONOMY)
The 111th Congress and the Obama administration are expected to move quickly with an economic stimulus package. The League supports investing taxpayer dollars in green infrastructure and green jobs development that immediately puts people to work and reinvigorates the economy. Such a package should be considered a down payment on action for comprehensive legislation to stop global climate change, including a cap on greenhouse gas emissions based on the best scientific information.
Investments in transforming our energy infrastructure, updating clean water infrastructure, boosting transit funding, restoring lands and training our workforce will yield significant economic growth and job creation. In fact, "green" investments, on average, create more than twice as many jobs per dollar invested compared to traditional fossil fuel-based generating technologies. "Green" investments accomplish this by redirecting money previously spent on inefficient energy use and imported fuel toward advanced technology, modern infrastructure and skilled labor.
The stimulus package could include near-term spending on a range of transportation, manufacturing, construction, building efficiency, neighborhood revitalization, natural resource restoration, and workforce development programs and some changes to the tax code. The job creation benefits of many of these programs have been outlined in a report released by the Center for American Progress and the University of Massachusetts's Political Economy Research Institute, entitled "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy."
What You Can Do:
Urge your Members of Congress to support a stimulus package that will invest in green infrastructure and green jobs development as a down payment for action on comprehensive legislation to stop global climate change.