Love and Clean Energy Jobs_ American by manan0336


									Love and Clean Energy Jobs, American Style

"Love, American Style" presented life in simple terms.

Boy meets girl, faces dilemma then figures out a resolution. All in 5 to
10 minutes, with laugh track and hip music.

Apply the philosophy to the U.S. economy and two of the most powerful
people in the Republic, and it would go something like this:

Speaker of the House John Boehner: "These excessive regulations are
killing us. Corporations can't compete, they're afraid to expand
domestically and my mother in law is coming to town."

President Obama: "John... May I call you John?"

Boehner: "Why not? I'll call you Barry."

Obama: "John, this jobs problem has got to be addressed. Both sides of
the aisle are suffering. We can't solve all our nation's woes. But we can

Boehner: "Gotcha Barry. I'll let you in on a little secret."

The pair walk to background, music cues up. They return, smiling

Obama: "You got it John. I'll get Michelle to take your mother in law on
a tour of the Pentagon."

Boehner (grinning hugely and looking a little sentimental): "Let's put
America to work. Barry, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful

Reality is a lot more complex

Ah, if only it were so easy. But it's not. The real unemployment rate,
including underemployed and those who have stopped looking, appears to be
closer to 16 percent, according to John Cassidy of the New Yorker. And
there's little hope on the horizon unless something as far-fetched as I
have presented actually takes place between the two political factions
that run our beautiful country.

Jobs are a big political hot potato right now. We need more. Government
policy can help the process, but the private sector creates opportunity.

A straight-talking Chicagoan like Slats Grobnik might say something like,
"Try clean energy. We can't keep polluting everything or our kids will
suffer. Figure it out. Jobs will follow."

Always bet on green
Clean energy shows huge promise. Study after study has shown it has
potential to put hundreds of thousands to work in a variety of tech,
research, white collar and blue collar jobs.

Pollution and climate change will begin to assert tremendous pressure on
industry, lawmakers and the everyday Joe Sixpack. Nobody wants to foul
this great planet. Most -- excluding megalomaniacs and you know who you
are -- just want a decent job for a decent rate of pay and a chance to
raise healthy, happy families. (Again, I'm not talking about people who
want to take over the world, like Pinky and the Brain.)

Give it a few years and I believe even fossil fuel "energy" companies
will see the need to accelerate development of cost-competitive clean
energy and establish market share. It's there.

My co-worker, veteran reporter Sandy Nax,   offered this proposal in his
post "Energy Efficiency Could Be the Next   Big Thing. "A large-scale
campaign to cut energy costs would create   jobs and save businesses and
homeowners billions, or even trillions of   dollars -- which could then be
reinvested or otherwise directed into the   economy," Nax writes.

Back in the Beltway

Obama's proposed American Jobs Act focuses heavily on launching massive
infrastructure improvements, hiring teachers and giving tax credits to
companies that hire the unemployed. The idea, Obama says, is "to put more
people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are

Boehner's response? Tepid.

But he does agree with Obama on one thing. Boehner says in response to
Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, "American families and
small businesses are hurting, and they are looking for the White House
and Congress to seek common ground and work together to help get our
economy back on track."

Obama says, "We can stop the political circus and actually do something
to help the economy."

Plans, plans everywhere

Republicans have a blueprint for economic growth and job creation - Plan
for America's Job Creators. Its focus: removing government barriers to
private-sector job growth.

Boehner says, "The proposals the president outlined... merit
consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as

Obama sounds conciliatory, although in his address he repeatedly called
for Congress to pass his plan. He did say that every proposal laid out
has been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.

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