The BlueGreen Alliance has a friend in Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.). The congressman has picked up on the group’s efforts to spur job growth, introducing the American Energy, Infrastructure and Manufacturing (AIM) Jobs Act, a bill intended to promote jobs in renewable energy, transportation and manufacturing, while modernizing schools, public buildings, homes and businesses to be more energy efficient.
The legislation is divided into several job-creating areas, including supporting the growth of clean energy industries, making buildings more energy efficient, revamping manufacturing in the country, improving transportation and roads and making efforts to improve job quality by making working environments and the environment at large healthier for workers and families. The bill was designed to complement President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act. Included in the AIM Act are many of the policies listed in Blue Green’s Jobs21 initiative.
United Steelworkers International President and co-founder of the BlueGreen Alliance Leo W. Gerard, and PennFuture Vice President Heather Sage, along with Doyle, all attended a press conference at the steelworkers’ union headquarters in Pittsburgh where they discussed the millions of jobs the AIM Act could create should it be passed in Congress and signed by the president.
Doyle believes that AIM can help millions of Americans struggling to find steady employment and provide economic relief on both the local and national scale. “We can create millions of good jobs, win the global competition for clean energy and energy-efficient green technology, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and ensure we uphold our promise to leave the next generation a better economic and environmental legacy,” he said.