Going it alone: Obama digs up $4 billion for green buildings

  • Published on December 3rd, 2011

With Congress blocking just about anything he wants to do, President Obama has said he will be announcing a series of programs he can San Francisco's 100% Green Federal Building Some rights reserved by Lydiatput in place without Congress. Today’s offering: A $4 billion package to promote green building.

He was joined at the White House by former President Bill Clinton to announce the program, which includes:

  • $2 billion in federal funds to hire contractors to upgrade federal buildings for energy efficiency.
  • A matching $2 billion in private funds (a specialty of Clinton’s Global Initiative) that will do similar upgrades at approximately 300 manufacturing plants.
  • The administration says the program will create more than 50,000 jobs (backed up by research from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute).

Gene Sperling, director of Obama’s National Economic Council, told reporters, “We believe that could be game changing for the cause of energy efficient buildings in the United States.” (via Politico)

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.

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  • I prefer Newt Gingrich to any of the others due to his vast experience in congress, as well as speaker of the house. He knows how to get things done. Due to the mess we are currently in, with an inexperienced president that prefers to stand his ground rather than negotiate, we need Newts genius more than ever. During the Reagan presidency, Newt masterfully negotiated with the democrats to get the neccesary economic legislation through the democrat controlled congress.Millions and millions of people lives were changed for the better thanks to the jobs created by cutting taxes from 70% to 28%. I was a teenager back then and remember how bad things were under Carter. I remember the gas lines, I remember the food prices going up every week, I remember all the labor strikes nationwide. Reagan got us out of that mess, with the help of Newt Gingrich. Obama has failed. 25 million are unemployed/under-employed. Its time for Newt Gingrich. I dont care about his trivial ethics problems from 15 years ago, nor do I care about his divorces. Newt is an idea man and a zealot when it comes to America. He loves this country and would never say anything negative against us. He knows how to work with both partys,as he proved under Reagan while serving in congress. He balanced the budget under Clinton, even though Clinton was a democrat. Thats how things are supposed to work. http://www.usdebtclock.org

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