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E-M:/ Obama Picks Major Green Jobs Advocate for Secy of Labor

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <Anne.Woiwode@sierraclub.org>

 ( FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December, 18, 2008                               
 E CONTACT: Josh Dorner, 202.675.2384                                      
 e                      Obama Picks Major Green Jobs                       
 d                      Advocate to Head Labor Dept.                       
 d               Sierra Club Congratulates Rep. Hilda Solis                
 i Washington, D.C.?Media reports indicate that President-Elect Barack     
 m Obama has chosen Representative Hilda Solis of California to head the   
 a Department of Labor.  Rep. Solis has been a preeminent advocate for     
 g green jobs and environmental justice during her career in the House.    
 e She has a lifetime League of Conservation Voters score of 97.           
 v Representative Solis co-authored the Green Jobs Act, which later became 
 e part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which became  
 d law December 19, 2007.  The Green Jobs Act authorized $125 million for  
 t workforce training programs.  The training will be targeted to          
 o veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families 
 f under 200% of the federal poverty line.  It could benefit programs such 
 i as the one at the East Los Angeles Skills Center where workers are      
 l trained to install solar panels. Upon the signing, Congresswoman Solis  
 e stated: "The bill is a message for all workers across our nation that   
 : there is a place for them in the clean energy future."                  
 1         Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director          
 3 "The Sierra Club is overjoyed at the news of Hilda Solis' selection as  
 6 Secretary of Labor.  She has been a tireless advocate for environmental 
 . issues, environmental justice, worker's rights, and green jobs. We send 
 g our deepest congratulations to Representative Solis.                    
 ) "Representative Solis was one of the earliest and most vocal supporters 
   of green jobs in the House of Representatives.  We can think of no      
   better person to help President-Elect Obama implement his plans for an  
   economic recovery fueled by the creation of millions of new green       
   jobs.  Hilda Solis also understands that green jobs must also be good   
   jobs and has worked to make sure that the clean energy economy is one   
   that lifts up all workers.                                              
   "This latest pick underscores the strong commitment of the              
   administration to action on clean energy, global warming, and a green   
   economic recovery.  President-Elect Obama has assembled a team of       
   unprecedented strength to advise him on energy, environmental, science, 
   and climate issues.  This extraordinary team is poised to help the      
   President-Elect implement his ambitious agenda to put America back to   
   work by tackling the significant climate and energy challenges facing   
   our country.                                                            
   "One of our other top legislative priorities is passage of the Employee 
   Free Choice Act.  We are very pleased that a strong supporter of this   
   essential legislation has been tapped to head up the Deparment of       
   Labor, yet another agency that has been gravely damaged during the      
   past eight years.                                                       
   "Hilda Solis has been a strong ally of the Sierra Club and we very much 
   look forward to working with her in her new position."                  
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