This is a little late form most. I just found out that there will be a live webcast from the Center for American Progress on the subject of Green Recovery tomorrow. It will run from 12:00 to 1:30 EST.
I mention this because the Center for American Progress has a very strong relationship to the Obama Administration. Many of the key figures (e.g. Podesta, Daschle) come from there and other are widely scattered throughout the second tier of both the transition team and incoming White House Staff.
Thus, when they get down to talking about the Green Economy, we probably ought to listen.
At a time of fiscal belt tightening, when some would put environmental priorities on the back burner, there are many who believe that investing in a green economy now is the best way to achieve both short and long term economic solutions. A recent paper by the Center for American Progress and the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute, "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low Carbon Economy," finds that to promote economic mobility, growth, job creation, and regain technological leadership in the global innovation marketplace, we must fundamentally change how we produce and consume energy in this country and transform our economy to a low-carbon model. Investing in clean energy and efficiency will enable the United States to regain technological leadership in the global innovation marketplace, grow our economy, reduce global warming emissions, and invest in national security.Introduction by:
Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Governor Ed Rendell (D - PA)
Thomas Friedman, columnist, New York Times; author, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- and How It Can Renew America
Carol Browner, Principal, The Albright Group LLC
Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress