Energy Means Jobs

The Economic Stimulus package is pretty broad covering many different aspects to create an economic recovery for Americans, but in my own opinion, which is some what bias towards the Internet, I feel energy is going to produce the greatest number of jobs in the shortest amount of time.

It was refreshing to hear Massachusetts Representative, Ed Marke, speak before the House of Representatives on his pending amendment for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Some may feel this is only the small of more “pork” on the grill, which I have to disagree with.

No matter how you slice it, pork, seems to be the battle cry in today’s Democratic congress, but it’s my feeling we should past legislation, regardless of the smell to create new jobs and get the economy rolling again, soon.

Here’s what Representative, Marke had to say on the house floor, see if it makes sense to you.  The YouTube video is entitled “Rep. Markey on Economic Recovery

Rep. Ed Markey advocates for his amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that the Secretary require, as a condition of receiving funding under Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that the demonstration projects utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards if available and appropriate, and would require that grants recipients utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards.

This recovery package is the first crucial step in a concerted effort to create and save 3 to 4 million jobs, jumpstart our economy, and transform it for the 21st century. This means real change: it will strengthen the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs and special interests in Washington.

To follow along with video is remarks made by President Obama’s trip to the Hill on January 27th to hear out Republican ideas for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

Here are some of the excerpts from the House:

The main message I have is that the statistics every day underscore the urgency of the economic situation.  The American people expect action.  They want us to put together a recovery package that puts people back to work, that creates investments that assure our long-term energy independence, an effective health care system, an education system that works; they want our infrastructure rebuilt, and they want it done wisely, so that we’re not wasting taxpayer money.

As I explained to the Republican House Caucus, and I’ll explain to my former Senate colleagues, the recovery package that we have proposed and is moving its way through Congress is just one leg in a multi-legged stool.  We’re still going to have to have much better financial regulation, we’ve got to get credit flowing again, we’re going to have to deal with the troubled assets that many banks are still carrying and that make the — that have locked up the credit system.  We’re going to have to coordinate with other countries, because we now have a global problem.

I am absolutely confident that we can deal with these issues, but the key right now is to make sure that we keep politics to a minimum.  There are some legitimate philosophical differences with parts of my plan that the Republicans have, and I respect that.  In some cases they may just not be as familiar with what’s in the package as I would like.  I don’t expect a hundred percent agreement from my Republican colleagues, but I do hope that we can all put politics aside and do the American people’s business right now.  All right.


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