With 2 million jobs lost in construction since 2006 and unemployment at 25%, it's time to act on Home Star, a bill that would bring $6 billion to construction while providing energy efficiency rebates for homeowners.
Weatherization should be the Democrats' dream program. In one fell swoop you create jobs, reduce living expenses, improve national energy security, enhance business profitability and confront global warming.
Educating the public is partly our job. We need to talk about budgeting responsibly in the long run and kick starting the economy right away. We need to move past the "false choice" between jobs now and growth later.
Pointing the country toward a clean energy future is going to be a big job, requiring the skills of all of us -- carpenters, metal fabricators, tool and dye makers, scientists, truck drivers, software designers, engineers and others.