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Obama makes a $150 billion commitment to “green jobs” American manufacturing

05.14.08

I just saw a press conference Obama held in Michigan. He pledged $150 billion dollars to the creation of “green jobs” in American manufacturing. He stated that this program would create up to 5 million new jobs.

Specifically, he said his Administration would insure that new fuel efficient and alternative energy automobiles would be made in America. He said batteries for electric cars would be manufactured instead of imported.

Mid-Atlantic Labor.com has been calling for the re-industrialization of America since it was founded. We applaud Senator Obama’s statement and program as an essential first start!

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The comments below are from our friends at Labor Radio.

http://www.laborradio.org/node/8555

While Senator Hillary Clinton spent Wednesday hitting the talk show circuit on the heels of her 41 point victory in West Virginia, Senator Barack Obama was hitting the manufacturing circuit in Michigan:

Senator Barack Obama spent Wednesday touring plants in Michigan on Wedenesday and while in Warren, Mich. He laid out his manufacturing plan. The proposal calls for $150 billion for the development of green technology over the next decade which he believes will result in the creation of more than 5 million green jobs and reinforce the country’s infrastructure. Obama used the opportunity to take on his Republican Presidential competitor John McCain. He said McCain doesn’t have a vision for bringing jobs back to Michigan or even creating new ones. Obama said his plan will benefit from the skilled workforce that already exists in the Midwest by offering job training that allows competition in the world economy. McCain’s campaign fired back after Obama spoke calling his manufacturing plan “weak leadership and poor judgment.”

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