The House voted to create Clean Energy Corps, part of a larger bill to dramatically expand volunteer national service with 175,000 new positions. President Obama issued a statement on the bill which he pushed for: "We know that government alone is not the answer to the challenges we face. It will take all of us taking our share of responsibility. And while government can provide the opportunities to give back to our communities, as I hope it will through this legislation, it is up to each and every citizen to seize those opportunities. It is up to every one of us to do his or her small part to make the world a better place."
But this is one more indication of energy in the right place. Finally, we are seeing the convergence of environmental and social issues in America. Clean Energy Corps. Wow. All the cool kids will be doing it. A chance to give back to the community, a chance to educate the public.
Passed in the same building where lawmakers reacted to the American International Group scandal yesterday, House Education and Labor Committee chairman George Miller commented, "one measure speaks to the immorality of America, and one speaks to the morality of America." We live in interesting times. Read HERE.