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What’s Necessary To Compete For Clean Energy Jobs

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To say the least, I am nervous about the amount of spending happening in Washington under the Obama administration. It seems so simple to most of us on the outside: If the investments in energy, healthcare, or anything else, can be shown to repay themselves in the near future with savings, if the efficiency of the systems can be improved so as to reduce waste and make the systems more effective, then the investments are wise. There are also other options to government spending, as we have seen the willingness of private investors and even some of the major oil firms to put money into advancing emerging energy technologies. I would love to leave behind as many energy options to my grandchildren as possible. I would not like to leave them an exorbitant federal deficit. Are these mutually exclusive?

NationalJournal.com

December 7, 2009

By Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Chairman, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

The winds of change blow into Copenhagen this week, as the United States and 200 other nations will meet for the UN Climate Conference. Copenhagen will indicate which nations are serious about energy security, ending oil addiction, cutting carbon pollution and creating clean energy jobs.

This week, I am pleased to host this discussion on the NationalJournal.com Copenhagen Insider blog, as I believe Copenhagen will reset both the international and domestic debate for the next year. To get started, here are two key areas to watch:

New U.S. Leadership

President Obama arrives in Copenhagen next week, with a refreshing new message for the world:  The United States is ready to be the leader, not the laggard, in the clean energy economy. He will back up this proclamation by proposing a carbon pollution reduction target in the range of 17 percent by 2020 and investment proposals to create clean energy jobs and technology at home that can be spread to other nations to help cut global warming pollution.

Read the entire article here.