Green Jobs on the Horizon with RESTORE Act Funds from BP?


The Gulf region may be experiencing declines in employment and suffering under the weight of environmental degradation as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in 2010, but the prospect of recovery seems closer than it has in a long time with the introduction of the bipartisan coalition-sponsored RESTORE Act. If properly structured, this act could have a major positive impact on the green jobs sector in the region, benefiting the local citizens through sustainable employment and environmental restoration.

The RESTORE Gulf Coast States Act is legislation that aims to direct penalties paid by BP and others involved in the oil disaster to programs that will direct the communities and local environment specifically. The idea of using these funds for cleaning up the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf Coast is strongly supported by Americans (83% nationwide).

“The damage from the oil spill was done in the Gulf, so Congress should ensure that oil spill fines go to the Gulf, not to unrelated federal spending,” reads a joint statement issued by Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy and Oxfam America. “This Gulf state agreement paves the way for Congress to do what voters expect: hold the parties responsible for the Gulf oil disaster accountable for restoring the Gulf because our nation’s economy depends on a healthy Gulf region.”

Let’s hope they choose to funnel the money to long-term, sustainable green jobs that benefit the communities for many years to come. Express your support for the bill by telling your politicians that you want to create green jobs with oil spill money.

 

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This post was written by:

Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice - both at home and at work - for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems.

With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work at www.JadeCreative.ca.


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