President Obama's Proposed Investments in Clean Energy and Rail Infrastructure Will Create Green Jobs and Economic Growth in the Midwest

Jan 25, 2011, 21:20 ET from Environmental Law & Policy Center

CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Howard A. Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center:

"Americans do believe that environmental progress can be achieved together with job creation and economic growth. President Obama's address identified Midwestern clean energy and high-speed rail development projects where this is already happening.

"Hundreds of old-line Rust Belt manufacturers are retooling to produce equipment for the growing clean energy economy, as shown by the Environmental Law & Policy Center's recent reports.  Federal investments in renewable energy are spurring job growth and revitalizing the Midwest manufacturing sector.  The Michigan solar company highlighted in the President's speech is a good example.  After decades of decline, America's clean energy industry is creating new manufacturing jobs and making us more globally competitive.

"We can't build a 21st century economy with a 19th century transportation infrastructure. In Illinois and Michigan, federal investments in high-speed rail are creating construction and supply chain jobs today that will improve and expand transportation options tomorrow.  Modern, fast, comfortable and convenient rail development will improve mobility, reduce pollution, create new jobs and spur economic growth.

"The President's clean energy and high-speed rail proposals are investments in America's future.  Here, in the Midwest Heartland, let's seize these opportunities to strengthen our economy, create jobs and improve our environment in ways that make good sense and make our nation more competitive."

SOURCE Environmental Law & Policy Center